The Health Reporter Is In: Aug. 3, 2017

The Health Reporter Is In: Aug. 3, 2017

If you want to see the eclipse through glasses, order or buy them now. Boy, you are so wrong. But not all of those glasses will be safe for your eyes if you look up at the sun during the eclipse. Some bigger cities such as Nashville, St. Louis and Charleston lie on the southern or northern edge of the eclipse path, meaning you won't get much of the total show unless you position yourself in a certain place in town.

The total solar eclipse is just a few weeks away, and scientists and stargazers alike are preparing for a rare phenomenon. Anderson will also tell you what to expect on August 21, how you can observe safely and why this event is special. "And again, I can't emphasize enough, do not wear these glasses while you're driving", SCDOT State Traffic Management Engineer Rob Perry said.

It is never safe to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun.

Totality will first hit OR around 10.15am Pacific time. There is a 70-mile wide "totality zone" stretching from the northwest to the east coast in which people will experience a total eclipse. The relatively thin path of totality will sweep across portions of 14 US states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and SC.




Lika Guhathakurta, an astrophysicist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said: 'An eclipse teaches us so many things, but the 2017 eclipse is especially unique because of the uninterrupted land masses it will pass over. The solar eclipse starts at 10:16 a.m. MDT and totality begins just before 11:35 a.m. MDT, lasting for a little over two minutes. The moon's shadow falls on the earth's surface.

According to the American Astronomical Society, just four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 worldwide standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

The result is that the sun and the moon appear to be the same size from our perspective.

At its heart, a solar eclipse is what happens when the moon slips between the Earth and the sun, blocking out the light from our closest star by casting a long shadow onto our planet. Partial solar eclipses, on the other hand, occur when the alignment is such that the moon blocks only part of the sun, and these can occur more frequently.

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