Americans rush to buy protective eclipse glasses

Herbert Rhodes
August 20, 2017

Everyone should make sure they have certified gear.
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There'll be a couple more in South America in 2019 and 2020, and one in Antarctica in 2021, but this one is happening Monday, and all you need to do is go outside, and with a little planning (AND GLASSES), you can experience one of nature's coolest events. There's still time to make a "A Beautiful Mind"-level conspiracy board about the eclipse and what it means, and if you're interested in that, we recommend making this map the centerpiece". Additionally, the Red Sox minor league Single-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive, have moved their game to 1 p.m.

Unfortunately, it's only along the path of totality that the true drama of a total eclipse can be seen.

Carfagno will be watching from Nashville, one of The Weather Channel's five US viewing locations, where the eclipse will begin around 11 a.m. ET, and total darkness will take over about 90 minutes later.

For more eclipse information - from pop culture to an understanding of how ancient peoples understood the solar eclipse, the newest lunar and solar satellites and science, multicultural folk tales and literature - enjoy several interactive displays throughout the day. This can happen over the course of a few seconds of looking at the sun.

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On Aug. 21, we will witness a solar eclipse, or an eclipse during the day where the moon's orbit takes it directly in between the sun and the Earth, effectively blocking out the sun for a short period of time.

So you've bought your solar eclipse glasses, and they have the right International Organization for Standardization number, also known as an ISO number. People in the "path of totality" will see the moon completely block the sun and cast a shadow on the surface of the Earth.

"But it can also damage your eyes, so we are urging people to use extreme caution and only look at a solar eclipse if you have eyewear with a special solar filter". NASA is expected to provide a great video stream of the solar eclipse, but wait until you are stopped in a safe place to use your cell phone. However, during the August 21 eclipse, Texas will not experience a total solar eclipse. Note leafy tree shadows on the ground and against buildings 15 minutes either side of mid-eclipse. Don't remove it while looking at the sun. Similar teams will be doing the same thing throughout the path of totality of the eclipse across 14 states.

"Safe solar viewing is always a must, no matter who it is", Mike Reynolds, an astronomy professor at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida, said at the Northeast Astronomy Forum in April.

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