View August's solar eclipse safely with these tips

The total solar eclipse is one month away. Where will you be during the event

The total solar eclipse is one month away. Where will you be during the event

Kentucky State Parks will be participating in the Aug. 21 Great American Solar Eclipse with fun and educational events during July and August.

"It's a life experience that you have to witness to understand why people are so hooked", he said.

Q: What is a solar eclipse, and why is everyone so excited about this one?

It's even safer to view the eclipse indirectly by projecting the sun's image with a pinhole or binoculars.

The Macon County Public Library System will be hosting a Total Solar Eclipse Presentation at both the Macon County Public Library and the Red Boiling Springs Branch Library. Do not use sunglasses: they don't offer your eyes sufficient protection. Our ABC13 weather team will keep you informed of the atmospheric conditions expected during the solar eclipse as the date draws near. Anything more than a quick solar glance can result in permanent damage - literally burning a hole into your eye.

You can also get these filters built into handheld cards called "solar viewers" that you can hold in front of your eyes. Since the total solar eclipse will be less than three minutes, eclipse viewers will need to move to a different place if clouds are in the way.

Fisher will be experiencing the sights and sounds of the eclipse from the small town of Madras in central Oregon.

"The gravity of the sun changed the apparent position of the stars, which were visible thanks to the darkness during the eclipse", he explains. "[A total eclipse] is a spectacular thing to see".

Do you have to be in "totality"? Studies have shown that the total eclipse could also have an effect on temperatures and even winds.

"You can do it with paper, with an index card, even with a receipt stuck in your pocket", says Bauer.

A sturdy tripod will minimize motion blur and balance the weight of the camera with a long lens.

Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device.

Now a professor at UT, he won't have to go far to see the next eclipse on August 21.

"This is a generational event", agreed Madhulika Guhathakurta, NASA lead scientist for the 2017 Eclipse.

Littmann said one in 100,000 people around the world has seen a total solar eclipse.

The build-up to totality will probably take longer than you think, so pack a lunch, plenty of water, bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat. and don't forget a comfy chair so you don't get exhausted, advises Bauer. With your back to the sun, look at your hands' shadow on the ground.

Another US eclipse is set to pass over the American East Coast in 2024.

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