How to safely capture the total solar eclipse

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 9, 2017

It's never safe to stare directly into the sun, even during a solar eclipse, but if you have special-purpose solar filters (otherwise known as "viewing glasses") then you'll be fine.

Airbnb and National Geographic are teaming up to offer two lucky people the ultimate chance to experience the total solar eclipse on August 21. It was the ancient Greeks who figured out the mathematics involved when the earth, moon and sun line up on the same plane causing an eclipse, he said.

You have a strip of white paper that you place in the back, and you can actually look through this hole at a projection of the partial solar eclipse.

This is the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will be viewable across the continental United States.

"The U.S. seems to miss out on the action most of the time", Smith says. Lancaster is about 600 miles from the closest part of the eclipse's path. In New York, about 77% of the sun will be covered.

If the weather cooperates on August 21, the eclipse should be visible between 1:20 p.m. and 4 p.m. The free and informative event will begin at 1 p.m. with children's activities, followed by a presentation from Dr. Patricia Craig of the Lunar & Planetary Institute at 2 p.m. and a viewing of the eclipse. Unlike the 2012 event, the 2017 eclipse will be total.

You can find an extra list of where some places may be selling more glasses here.

Here are two in Lancaster County.

For more details and Cheapflights.com's complete scoop on the top five 2017 eclipse boom towns, head to www.cheapflights.com/news/best-eclipse-watching-towns.

Dr. Paul Herrell, ophthalmologist of Ophthalmology Associates of Western Kentucky, handed out eclipse glasses to his customers before he ran out, and now he is also giving away brochures from NASA that explain safe viewing tips.

To help combat the fraudsters, the organization posted a list of vendors from which you can snag a pair of glasses that are guaranteed to work.

Cost: Adult tickets are $9. After that, it will wane until around 2 p.m. Tickets to the theater are $7 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 17.

But be warned-Oregon is expected to see a full solar eclipse, and the state is anticipating millions of visitors for the event. Pawleys Plantation Golf Club and Founders Club at Pawleys Island, which are both in the band of totality, will hold 1:30 p.m. shotgun starts in celebration of the solar event.

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