How to safely view the August solar eclipse

How to safely view the August solar eclipse

News 13's Weather Team found the best way to watch the eclipse.

During a total solar eclipse the moon moves in front of the sun casting a shadow back on the Earth. In fact, the sun is so bright, that looking directly into it for a short period of time can have an extremely negative effect on your vision.

The American Astronomical Society has provided this list of reputable vendors. "It makes people's jaw drop".

"With most of the sun obscured by the moon, it will get partially dark", he said, similar to very early in the morning. All three locations will have a limited supply of solar glasses and Junior Ranger eclipse books.

If you want to experience a full 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality, the longest time in the USA, then head to near Carbondale, Illinois. The UNF Astronomy Club along with the Society of Physics Students and the American Chemical Society are traveling to SC to see the eclipse in its totality. NASA TV will broadcast view of the total solar eclipse live, along with interviews with NASA experts and live feeds from NASA aircraft, balloons and the International Space Station. He cautions you'll need a special solar filter and some patience - eclipses take awhile. But, if you're ready to travel (and, in some cases, have planned way ahead) Union and Rabun counties are in the path of totality.

"No matter where you are in North America, whether it's cloudy, clear, or rainy, NASA wants as many people as possible to help with this citizen science project", said Kristen Weaver, deputy coordinator for the project. As a trial, photograph the full moon at night.

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Wherever you see the eclipse from, you'll be witnessing something incredibly rare.

As in western North Carolina, Columbia will be the site of many viewing parties, including at Riverwalk in West Columbia, at the State Museum, at Columbia Fireflies Stadium, at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, Historic Columbia's "Historic Eclipse in the Gardens" and on the water at Lake Murray, among others. Be cautious and make sure to purchase the lenses for one of the five companies approved by NASA: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17. Instead, invest in a lens 12x and above, some of which come with their own smartphone mounting bracket.

- Use a tripod to keep your camera stable. A decent 12x lens and tripod adapter will cost you about $30.00, but you can also use this system for great "close up" shots in sport and nature settings too! But not just any glasses or viewer will do.

This is because the moon is slowly moving away from Earth, disrupting the intricate balance that causes the sun's light to be blocked out. However, even if a sliver of the sun is noticeable, watching without filters can harm the naked human eye.

It is the second of two lunar eclipses in 2017.

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