Three things to know about viewing the eclipse in DC

Saturday, 12 Aug, 2017

But millions of years from now, total solar eclipses will only be a thing of the past. For example, in West Liberty's zipcode (26074), the eclipse will begin around 1:09 p.m., with the peak of the eclipse coming at exactly 2:34 p.m. and 45 seconds when the moon covers 82.5 percent of the sun, as you can see in the graphic.

Although the Parsons area will experience a almost total solar eclipse on august 21, looking at the sun without protection still will be hazardous to people's eyes. "And you don't want to get stuck".

Another advantage of a partial eclipse is that it takes place over a fairly long period of time.

The fact that it's a partial eclipse here makes it unsafe to look at the sun without proper eye protection, and for those who didn't order eclipse eye glasses in advance, it's late in the game.

Why is everyone so excited about it? Much of the time, solar eclipses happen on the other side of the globe. "It's impossible to describe".

He encouraged families to protect themselves to properly enjoy the eclipse. Check out this map to see exactly what the moon's trajectory will be. "Buffalo does not lie exactly on the path of totality, but a good part of the sun will be blocked in our area, too". Day will start to seem like night, despite what the clock says.

As you know, this month there'll be a total solar eclipse - a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Taking place on Monday, August 21st, the solar eclipse will be visible across North America.

"It's very important to wear these glasses because your eyes are precious, your vision is precious", he said. This damage can occur without any sensation of pain because the retina does not have pain receptors.

Rick Fienberg, of the American Astronomical Society, says many glasses being sold on Amazon are not certified. The last total eclipse in the continental United States was in 1979 in the Pacific Northwest. From the Earth's surface, the wonder of the corona is visible only during the brief minutes when an eclipse becomes total. That means that most of the time, at the new moon, the moon's shadow is cast just above or below Earth.

According to NASA, the first contact of the moon and sun will be seen in Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 AM PDT and it will be last seen in Charleston, South California at 2:40 PM EDT. The umbral is the small shadow cast on Earth where people will be able to see a total eclipse.

It might seem odd that the moon is able to cover the sun because it's 400 times smaller. From west-central Colorado about 85% of the sun will be covered by the Moon, with maximum eclipse occurring around 11:42 a.m.