Things to Know About the August 21 Eclipse

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 18, 2017

Guelph will see a partial eclipse starting at 1:40 p.m., in which the moon will start to cover only a portion of the sun.

The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse is only days away and Meteorologist Elisabeth D'Amore is dispelling some misconceptions about the eclipse.

In Helena, the moon will obscure just over 93 percent of the sun, darkening the sky over the Capital City. NASA plans to make a full day out of the eclipse, and will start building up for the big moment as early as noon EST.

On Monday, millions of people across the United States will have the opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse.

In Earth's history, there have been some 3 billion solar eclipses in the U.S. alone, though some were partial rather than total.

Most would-be eclipse viewers will likely have more luck shopping online, assuming you can get them shipped ASAP.

"The sun is 400 times larger than the moon, but they appear the same size because the moon is closer to Earth", Heasley said.

Monday's eclipse can be seen from coast to coast, with totality in a band stretching from OR to SC. The rare part of it is when the eclipses occur in specific locations. That means there will likely be more people on the roads, traveling to areas that are in the path of totality. It's still safe to be outside - but, you know, don't look at the sun.

For those who want to get fully educated on the solar eclipse while watching it, a trip to Caltech's Beckman Lawn is in order.

The simplest way to protect yourself is by viewing the eclipse through eclipse glasses that have special solar filters that make it safe to look directly at the sun.

"At no time in Arizona will it be safe to look at the Sun without filters specially designed for solar viewing", said Dutkevitch. The two other types of eclipses are annular and partial.

If you don't have your ISO approved solar glasses, you can buy them this Saturday at the Farmers Market in Helena from the Helena Astronomical Society.

"We were planning to take our kids, our entire school, 600 students and staff outside to view the eclipse when it was happening between 1:00 P.M. and 1:15 P.M.", Shawnee Height Elementary School Principal, Rebecca Hummer, said.

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