Rock Island Library offers guide, glasses for solar eclipse

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The total solar eclipse on 21 August will be the first to pass across the whole of the USA, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, in 99 years. On August 21, all the countries from OR to SC will be overshadowed by a spectacular total eclipse.

"When the moon is blocking the sun during a complete darkness, regions in the world that are in direct paths of total darkness overnight for almost three minutes", said Steve Clarke, director of Heliophysics Department NASA in Washington, said in politics. Combine that with the fact that water covers 71 percent of the earth's surface, and most eclipses occur partially or entirely over the ocean.

"For a total solar eclipse, the new moon blocks out the sun and the earth moves into the shadow of the moon". The last total solar eclipse visible in the United States was in 1979.

According to Nasa, a total solar eclipse is caused when the moon and the sun are at the same angular size. Experts say not to look directly at the eclipse because you can severly damage your eyes or even go blind. "Nearly after 38 years, the continental US will witness the shadow of a total solar eclipse". Roads will be clogged and travel times will be much more than a usual weekend. Most local events will be handing out solar eclipse viewing glasses, and they can also be purchased online. "And what better place to see the eclipse?" "Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones are not safe for looking at the sun".

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Cameras will also need filters, Porter said. Outside, you can safely see the eclipse in the observatory and on the museum lawn using smaller telescopes.

Never look directly at the sun. An accident of nature makes them appear the same size from Earth, so when the Moon and Sun align it gives the impression that the Sun has been completely blocked out.

Americans aren't known for missing a trick when it comes to commercial opportunities and the Great American Eclipse is no exception. However, across the nation, in Columbia, South Carolina, the eclipse will begin at 1.03pm EDT and end at 4.06pm, with totality occurring between 241 and 2.44pm.

As the main reason to fly two WB-57F jets with Solar Eclipse is that these two will able the researchers to maintain the sun's signal for over seven minutes, while on the land it will be just two-and-a-half minutes.

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