NASA looks forward to solar eclipse, says homemade viewing options exist

Eclipse viewing forecast 4 days out: High clouds expected for Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska

"Total solar eclipses are very rare for an observer who remains in a fixed location on Earth, with about one every 370 years, on average", Pinkney said.

KTVB will produce a two-hour television special from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m.

There's a total solar eclipse in the continental United States on August 21st, for the first time in almost 40 years.

The solar eclipse is on Monday, and you need special glasses to watch that. Staring directly at the sun can seriously damage the eyes.

Opaque Lens - Regular sunglasses are no good for solar viewing.

A public library in eastern IL is recalling solar eclipse glasses given to the public earlier this month because they have the potential to be unsafe for watching Monday's eclipse.

The Western US will have the advantage of experiencing the eclipse in the morning, before the heat of the day has had a chance to build up clouds and storms. Number 14 welder's glasses, found in hardware stores, are also considered appropriate eyewear.

Before the solar eclipse on August 21, the previous one in this series was August 11, 1999, where the path of totality curved through northern France, Austria, Iran and India.

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But as predictable and consistent as we know the eclipse will be - we know to the second when and where the moon will cast its shadow upon the Earth - the weather remains the biggest wild card when it comes to a successful viewing experience. The next event of this kind visible to Canadians won't occur until 2044.

According to NASA, everyone in North America will be able to see at least a partial eclipse in which the moon covers part of the sun.

If you think you have a fake pair of glasses, first check to see if it has the proper labeling that indicates they meet the ISO 12312-2 standard.

Canadians will get to see what could be a once-in-a-lifetime event for many: a partial solar eclipse on Monday. Birds may also be fooled into thinking it's nightfall, and may start "making lots of noise to show you that they're getting ready to go to bed", Speck said.

This eclipse isn't just visible from what " s known as the "path of totality", which will close parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and SC on August 21 at around midday.

There are cities where the eclipse will be more visible than others. Full user instructions are available on all of the solar glasses being handed out. If you wear glasses, put the eclipse glasses over them.

Best Buy was sold out online as was Toys R Us.

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