Tips on Solar Eclipse Viewing

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Solar glasses are a must for safe viewing of Monday's total solar eclipse, the first to span coast to US coast in 99 years. This time, the moon is in its closest approach to the Earth, allowing those viewing it in the area of totality to see the solar corona in a black, night sky. We won't get to witness the very rare experience of the moon covering all but a sliver of the sun, so it's very risky for people to watch it with the naked eye. The sky will get dark. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are possible as well. So if you happen to live somewhere in the path of totality, consider yourself lucky!

Never look at a solar eclipse without proper eye protection.

"You need to have some glasses that make it safe to view the sun at the time that the eclipse is occurring", said optometrist Dr. Ted Archdale.

They are created to protect the wearer's eyesight during the first total eclipse visible in the continental United States in nearly 40 years.

NASA also warns not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. It ends near Charleston, S.C.at 2:48 p.m. EDT, just about an hour and a half after it began.

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Whether you're celebrating the eclipse at an event like Atlas Obscura's desert shindig in rural OR or simply following NASA's interactive maps online, it makes for a rare opportunity to ponder the vastness of the universe, the smallness of the planet, and the ties that bind us all throughout the cosmos. And finally, because the moon is slowly moving away from Earth (at about 1 1/2 inches per year), the final solar eclipse will occur approximately 600 million years from now, according to NASA scientists.

During its last few minutes on land, the shadow of the moon will dash across SC and the "Great American Eclipse" will be gone forever.

This once in a lifetime event can be viewed in different ways even by those who are not in the US.

Astronomers consider a full solar eclipse the grandest of cosmic spectacles.

Mohamed Arafa, communications officer with the Georgia Department of Transportation in District Six, said his organization is preparing for "one of the rarest of all natural events". You can also use the projection method to keep up with the eclipse.

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The duration of the total solar eclipse will vary by where in the path of totality an observer might be.

Success! An email has been sent with a link to confirm list signup. You should also take caution if you're driving and don't take for granted that everyone will be paying attention to the surrounding traffic at the time. It's against the law to stop or park on the shoulder of interstates and highways.

If you are in America there is a possibility that you will be a witness to the eclipse.

He warned some of the solar viewing glasses may be fake.

- Avoid travel during the eclipse or in an area with expected eclipse viewers. Cover one with aluminum foil and poke a hole in it with a pin. And guess what, it will turn out to be an essential toolkit to watch the eclipse.

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