The partial solar eclipse will last 2 hours, 48 minutes, 58 seconds in Roanoke. But she said she's all right with the eclipse mania. "I think the primates are what we'll be interested in watching because they are cognitively advanced".
Eclipse enthusiast Dan McGlaun says the rare event is uniquely American.
While a last-minute rush has left many dealers out of stock two weeks before the big day, the good news is that USA astronomy buffs have to wait only seven more years for the next total solar eclipse over North America, in April 2024. As the Moon slips in front of the Sun, the landscape will be bathed in long shadows, creating eerie lighting across the landscape. The sky becomes very dark, as if it were night. During a lunar eclipse, the Earth comes between the moon and the sun and the Earth's shadow falls on the moon, causing the moon to look red. Oregon is first to see the total solar eclipse and is expected to have the best prospects for clear skies, excepting the Oregon Coast. For example, a swath from Texas to ME will get a total eclipse in 2024, but in Statesville you can see a partial eclipse where 82 percent of the sun is obscured. "The last total eclipse was 1979 (in Hawaii), so I don't know if historical data can be modeled".
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South Carolina's Clemson University also expects 50,000 people at a campus event that will feature astronomers and other experts. The Oregon Department of Transportation warns the solar eclipse will cause the " biggest traffic event in Oregon's history ".
Staring at the sun without proper filtration, even when it is partially obscured by the moon during an eclipse, can damage or destroy photo-receptor cells of the eye's retina, leaving blind spots in a person's field of vision, experts said. The eclipse will begin about 11:50 a.m. and end about 2:40 p.m., depending on location. Because the eclipse will only be partial, it's essential that anyone wishing to view it obtain the correct protective eyeware. Many stores are now selling glasses they say are eclipse glasses. "In our area, it is not going to be completely covered; a sliver of the sun will still be showing; normal sunglasses will not be enough". True, it will surely be a spectacle to see but the question remains, are you prepared for it? However, not all of the glasses found on the site are safe to use, with some vendors selling counterfeit or unsafe versions. But Blair said people should make sure the glasses are ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certified.
It is important to know that at NO POINT is it safe to remove your eclipse glasses during a partial eclipse. With your back to the sun, look at your hands' shadow on the ground.
"The real glasses look very similar to movie theater 3-D glasses and can be purchased for as little as $2", said Steve Bernas, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois. Viewing an eclipse by the naked eye can and will have damaging effects on your eyes so we don't want that to occur.
"It's a big event".
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For people in many places, the total solar eclipse could be a once-in-a-lifetime event. A limited number of Free Eclipse Glasses will be distributed to program participants while supplies last. You will be told by various media outlets that the August 21 eclipse will be "the greatest show on Earth", "a once-in-a-lifetime event", "the event of the century", and other hype.
"If you stood still, you should see an eclipse about once every 150 years, so this is less than a 1 percent chance", Adler's Ciupik said. Total solar eclipses will also hit smaller portions of the country four other times this century. The Moon now covers the sun 100 percent, and the silvery twilight recedes to darkness. Stars also can appear. The planetarium's Far Horizons team, a group of students, volunteers and Adler members, will travel to Perryville, Mo., to launch a pair of high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere to capture 360-degree video of the eclipse.
But no matter how people react in the face of totality, the eclipse will certainly have a profound impact on the United States, one that might be felt for generations to come. "Please be sure to keep your headlights on for your safety throughout the entire day of the eclipse".
If you've already ordered glasses online, it might be a good idea to check when they're supposed to be delivered.
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