Tips for viewing the 2017 Midwest solar eclipse

Tips for viewing the 2017 Midwest solar eclipse

Tips for viewing the 2017 Midwest solar eclipse

Count down to the 2017 total solar eclipse of the Sun with Astronomy magazine's Eclipse 2017 Widget from the makers of the popular SkySafari app.

Here in Pennsylvania, at its height, the moon will cover between 78 and 80 percent of the moon, beginning with first contact - when the moon seemingly touches the sun - around 1:21 p.m.

The path of totality, or the area where the eclipse will be the fullest, cuts right across the continental United States and we're right in that path. The widget also provides the percentage of solar coverage or the duration of totality, depending on the type of eclipse visible from the location you've chosen. To observe that you will have to travel out of state - see the maps on https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

"Unfortunately, I think it is probably true that during every solar eclipse, there's bound to be somebody who does get hurt", says Chou.

The lucky ones who live or will visit the 70 mile wide path of total eclipse running from the Pacific Northwest southeastward across the continental United States to SC, will witness daytime turn into night as the moon blocks out the sun.

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Even though the eclipse isn't for another three weeks, you'll want to order your eclipse glasses now.

NASA ambassador Theo Wellington addressed the solar eclipse with the Wilson County Commission earlier this year and said just because viewers can look at the sun during the solar eclipse and not experience any physical pain, doesn't mean damage won't happen. Featured glasses include an Americana design in honor of the Great American Eclipse.

Assistant Program Coordinator Glen Adams described the eclipse as "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity". Since the demand for eclipse glasses has skyrocketed in the recent weeks with more than 300-million people in the path of the eclipse, unscrupulous vendors are counterfeiting the ISO symbol and passing off uncertified glasses that are unsafe and could leave you blind.

We'll be covering the astronomical event - in its entirety on the 21st. The glasses allow you to view the sun's natural orange color. Staring at the Sun under such circumstances is like using a magnifying glass to focus sunlight onto tinder.

One of the best ways to view the eclipse is to simply take a piece of paper - heavier paper like construction paper is best - and poke a hole in it with a paperclip.

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