Meridian will see almost 90 percent of solar eclipse

An image captured by Arthur Eddington's team of the 1919 eclipse

An image captured by Arthur Eddington's team of the 1919 eclipse

From 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History will be the place to be to view the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

Numerous cities and towns in the path of totality are planning events to celebrate and watch the eclipse, but if you are in the Wheeling/West Liberty area and want to go somewhere to witness the spectacle, and have some fun, your best bet is Nashville, Tenn. From about 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 21 the "Great American Solar Eclipse" will roll across the Great Northwest to Appalachia, then off the coast of SC. If you are unable to obtain eclipse glasses or a viewer, there are many safe ways to "project" or indirectly view the eclipse. The moon will move past the sun by 3:46 p.m.

Check listings for additional air-times. Whether you are traveling for the eclipse or staying in town, enjoy this happy accident that we can experience eclipses at all. According to NASA, the total eclipse lasted just over a minute.

The full eclipse will be visible in the path of totality, which stretches through 14 states.

Nelson urges those wanting to watch the eclipse to try to make it to the "zone of totality". If you are standing in the moon's shadow on Earth, you will see the sky darken and feel the temperature drop.

"Because the earth is a sphere, the people in OR are going to experience a shorter eclipse because the moon's shadow has to travel just a bit further to touch the earth", Nelson said. If you notice any scratches or damages, do not use them.

Both must be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 global safety standard.

Eclipse viewing glasses also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on the library plaza, the news release said.

Eclipse Safari offers the NASA live stream of the Eclipse and a Twitter feed with the latest eclipse related tweets.

While people are graced with the chance to watch solar eclipses each year, it commonly occurs just twice in a year so the hype that it builds up once scientists announce that the world can expect to see them at certain day and time is understandable.

"Exercise good judgment on the roads, plan ahead, no stopping on the side of the road and, of course, no driving with those eclipse glasses because it's really tough to see".

Parnell says sunglasses or glasses you get from watching a 3D movie do not provide enough protection for your eyes. The SDSU Society of Physics Students will host a campus viewing session near the west entrance to the Student Union Aug. 21 and will have free eclipse glasses available at that location starting the morning of the event.

Also, always avoid looking at the sun through an unfiltered camera, smartphone, telescope, or any other optical device.

To avoid damaging your eyes, make sure you use ISO 12312-2 certified solar viewers.

Those who are concerned about solar eclipse glasses they bought on Amazon can reach out to customer service.

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