Solar eclipse will be a special sight

Safety | Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - NASA

Safety | Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - NASA

Sure I could say there may be "clouds around"...so what else is new?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the light of the sun from reaching Earth, and the moon casts a shadow onto Earth, according to NASA.

The earth averages two to three eclipses each year, but a total eclipse happening in any given area is extremely rare.

As the moon moves in front of the sun, daylight will yield to darkness from OR to SC along a path 60 to 70 miles wide. The sky becomes very dark, as if it were night.

An eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017, seems to be what everyone is eager to see. The next total solar eclipse will occur June 30, 2345. Put your solar eclipse glasses on again for this phase. The eclipse will begin about 11:50 a.m. and end about 2:40 p.m., depending on location. Because the eclipse will only be partial, it's essential that anyone wishing to view it obtain the correct protective eyeware.

The Bookmark Café will have "eclipse cookies" along with a combo of Moon Pies and Sun Chips, for sale as well as other regular café items. "In our area, it is not going to be completely covered; a sliver of the sun will still be showing; normal sunglasses will not be enough". If you have binoculars, look around the edges for bright red solar flares - called prominences - on the surface of the sun. A person would not know until he or she looks away and is left with permanent central vision loss.

Rick Fienberg of the American Astronomical Society, says many glasses being sold on Amazon and other sites are not certified.

Amazon appears to have been cracking down on these suspect glasses.

For those who plan to view the eclipse from home, Longview will have about 97 percent totality, making it a partial eclipse. Otherwise, use an indirect method such as looking at the sun's shadow through a pinhole. Tiny crescent suns may be scattered on the ground beneath trees. "I think these days people use the word "awesome" to mean cool or neat, but I think the word "awesome" was inspired by seeing a total eclipse".

Watching the eclipse with glasses that haven't met certain qualifications can lead to eye damage.

"It's a big event".

Most offer the basics - a map showing the exact timing of both the partial and total eclipse in your neighborhood; a countdown clock; weather information for the day; and scientific facts about the eclipse and space. "I thought we should definitely participate and make it available to the public to be able to come here and watch it safely".

Events in the region include an "Eclipse Con" festival, concerts and tailgate parties. I can't stress this enough...some say it's nearly life changing...to see something that odds are you may never see again. An even longer duration total solar eclipse will cross the United States from Northern California to Florida in 2045. The City of Statesville itself won't be inside a path of totality for an eclipse until 2645, so don't wait around for that one.

"In the middle of the day, it's sunny and suddenly 'Bling!' The stars appear overhead", Thorson said.

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