Solar eclipse 2017: Where to watch in the Seattle area

A map of the path of the eclipse

While they can look at the corona normally using disks in the telescopes creating artificial eclipses, the moon here is going to do something that disks can't, by creating a ideal Solar Eclipse, this August 21st by exposing the inner part of the corona.

There are between 2 and 5 solar eclipses every year; however, this will be the first time in 26 years since a total solar eclipse has been seen in the US.

The next total eclipse to cross the United States will not occur until 2024, so if you are in the path of this one be sure to catch it.

"It's going to traverse the entire pass of the United States", Kopernik Observatory Executive Director Drew Deskur said.

Although Ireland will not be able to see a full eclipse the sky will still darken and the temperature will drop, as the moon obscures part of the sun from view. The total eclipse will end in Charleston, S.C., at 2:48 p.m. EDT, and the partial eclipse ends in the continental U.S.in that location at 4:09 p.m. EDT.

"We used to say that you should look for evidence that they comply with the ISO 12312-2 worldwide safety standard for filters for direct viewing of the sun", according to a statement on the American Astronomical Society's website.

Eric Hamilton, a UW-Madison science writer, said he was surprised by how many attendees at Madison eclipse talks so far indicated that they planned to travel for a better view of the astronomical event. While the astronomical society says Amazon seems to be making a "good-faith effort" to remove questionable vendors, customer reviews continue to indicate some buyers are getting what appear to be imitation glasses. "We encourage visitors to come for the day, spread a blanket on the Parade Field in the afternoon, make a pinhole projector, and view the solar eclipse together".

The glasses can be purchased at Lowes in Vestal and Chenango for $2. It also looks back to a fascinating period in scientific discovery when general relativity was proven with the photographic recording of a total solar eclipse.

The Brown Planetarium at Ball State is presenting a free program called "Eclipse: The Sun Revealed". The last solar eclipse visible from the US took place in 2012.

- The Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet will be hosting Eclipse Day, offering people the opportunity to combine the natural wonder of the eclipse with the beauty of the Marshwalk. "You need to know that the product comes from a reputable manufacturer or one of their authorized dealers". You could causes permanent, severe damage to your eyes.

Eclipse glasses are a must as "looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse ('totality'), when the moon entirely blocks the sun's bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality", according to NASA.

On Amazon.com, for instance, the run on eclipse glasses has left many models out of stock directly from the online retailer, but they continue to be available through third-party sellers.

At that instant, the faint corona will not be visible if you keep the solar filter on your camera. But these take-your-breath-away eclipses usually occur in the middle of the ocean somewhere, though, or near the sparsely populated top or bottom of the world.

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