Here's how and where to watch the August 21 solar eclipse

Here's how and where to watch the August 21 solar eclipse

On Aug. 21, we will be able to witness a historical event - the first solar eclipse visible to the continental United States in the past 38 years, according to NASA.

"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. John Hewitt, UNF astronomy professor, has never seen a total eclipse but he assures that it's one of the most impressive things you can experience.

If you think you've seen a total solar eclipse previously, and it didn't involve getting on a plane or living somewhere else in the world, you probably didn't. Identical telescopes across the path of totality will be used to collect images of the lowest layers of the solar corona during the eclipse.

A 70-mile-wide strip will experience total darkness in the middle of the day, while a partial eclipse will be visible from much of North America and from parts of Europe - including, briefly, the UK.

The eclipse's totality - the path of the moon's shadow cast upon the Earth - will cross straight through the country and even clip the northeast corner of Georgia. "Nearly after 38 years, the continental USA will witness the shadow of a total solar eclipse".

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Just a warning, though, do not look directly at the eclipse without special-purpose solar filters (eclipse glasses). "And what better place to see the eclipse?" A viewing party hosted by Campus Life from 1:30 p.m.to 3 p.m.at the amphitheater.

- Remember that ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking directly at the sun, nor is a telescope, unfiltered camera, binoculars or other optical device.

If you want to take a picture of the eclipse your camera will also need a special filter to prevent damage to the camera's sensor.

Meet at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center for children's activities, Native American sky stories, and to watch the eclipse together. The moon's orbit around the earth is titled by about 5 degrees, leaving only two times a year when the moon could possibly be in the proper phase and in the right position to block the sun. With a multitude of events planned across the area everyone can enjoy the "Great American Eclipse" fever. According to NASA, it's important to ONLY watch the screen, not the sun, because t is not safe to look at the sun though the pinhole. In the Quad-City area, eclipse time is 11:48 a.m. until 2:38 p.m., with maximum eclipse at 1:14 pm.

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