Solar eclipse: what you need to know

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By now, you've heard about the total solar eclipse that will be crossing the country August 21.

This time, the path of total eclipse will be about 70 miles wide and begins in OR on the west coast and travels to SC on the east coast, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reports on its eclipse website, eclipse2017.nasa.gov. In addition, that evening at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS and WHTJ PBS, NOVA will broadcast "Eclipse Over America", featuring same-day footage shot by PBS stations across the country.

First Contact: 1:25 p.m.

Check listings for additional air-times.

Springdale Public Library - Giving away solar eclipse glasses during eclipse viewing event on August 21.

With regard to humanity's fascination with solar eclipses, Stojkovic adds, "Our sun is directly related to all forms of life on Earth, so its disappearance, even for a few minutes, was historically associated with some dire predictions - like natural catastrophes, big wars, deaths of kings, etc". This is the first total solar eclipse in the lower 48 states since 1979 and the first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918. NY doesn't fall in its "path of totality", but you'll still be able to see about 70 percent of the sun covered by the moon.

If you can't make it to MTSU there are six other official NASA viewing sites in Middle Tennessee.

For these glasses to protect your eyes, they must be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard. If you happen to be on the Mainland when the 2017 eclipse happens, here are 10 viewing locations to consider. Along with being able to see the sun completely covered, viewers will be exposed to a partial eclipse as well.

We're just days away from a solar eclipse - and you're not going to want to miss it.

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.

NASA will host an Eclipse Megacast, providing unique coverage of the astronomical event that will include commentary from scientists and the public, as well as live footage of the phenomenon. "Even through some of the urban areas along I-5 through Seattle, Tacoma". "The path of this eclipse makes it a once-in-a lifetime event in that it transects the country nearly down the middle - meaning it is a one-day drive for a vast majority of the nation".

You should never look at an eclipse with the naked eye, but there are plenty of other unsafe methods to avoid, as well.

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