It’s coming! Start Planning Now! August 21, 2017! The first complete solar eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1979 and the first to cross the entire breadth of the U.S. since 1918. The eclipsed sun will enter Oregon at 10:16 a.m. PDF and after crossing ten states will exit three hours later from South Carolina. You must be on or very near the center line of the path to see a total eclipse, but everyone in the Continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse.
Even on the center line of the path, totality will last only about two minutes, depending on location. For the greatest duration of 2 minutes and 40 seconds, go to Giant City State Park in Illinois. Some towns, resorts, and other points along the path are planning solar-eclipse weekends. There might be an event near you, so plan ahead.
VIEW IT SAFELY! Do not look directly at the eclipse without dedicated eclipse glasses or filters. Retinal damage could occur. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient.
CAUTION: Some web sites claim that the eclipse totality
is safe to look at without a filter, and must be viewed that way to experience the full effect, but exercise caution if you plan to do this.
Here are some relevant web sites:
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/defa ... ll_map.pdf
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