Solar eclipses occur when our moon gets between the sun and our planet, obscuring the sun temporarily.
"If somebody looks at the sun through such materials, they could incur a retinal injury and by the time they realize it the next day, it will be too late and nothing can be done", Dr. B. Ralph Chou, a retired professor of ophthalmology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and a leading expert on eclipse safety, told NBC News MACH in an email.
Cantore and Abrams will anchor live coverage of the eclipse as it crosses the country over the course of the day.
If you miss this one, there's another total eclipse coming in 2024, not as long a wait, Stark said.
You can join the party on August 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park Environmental Discovery Center, Route 73, for the opportunity to view one of nature's most stunning displays.
Whether or not you're a paying subscriber, if you're an elementary school teacher, you can now get Mystery Science's eclipse lesson plans and glasses for free. The glasses will be available to attendees at the event on a first-come, first-served basis, Library Director Jackie Icenhower said, and won't be handed out in advance.
You must be in the path of totality to witness a total solar eclipse. Naturally, the coast is also going to offer up some supremely stunning eclipse views. How could observers on earth be linked to total solar eclipses?
The eclipse will happen Monday, Aug. 21.
Here are the percentages of the eclipse, and the times of the peak around our area, and around the US. For the August eclipse, that path will cross the continental United States from OR on the West Coast to SC on the East Coast. Therefore, it will never be safe to watch the eclipse here without glasses.
The other reason is that total solar eclipses aren't visible every month.
In Nashville, Tennessee, the eclipse starts at 11:58 a.m. CDT and totality begins at 1:27 p.m. CDT, lasting for a little under 2 minutes.
While it may appear dark, watching the solar eclipse without the right eyewear can severely damage your vision. But there are plenty of ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun, including special-purpose solar filters such as "eclipse glasses" or handheld solar viewers.
NASA has a list of certified retailers, and the American Astronomical Society has its own list of solar filter manufacturers and retailers. "It's one of the most remarkable, most spectacular naked-eye phenomenon that you can see".