Solar Eclipse is August 21

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NASA estimates that a total solar eclipse that happens where you live occurs every 375 years.

Only a 70-mile-wide path roughly from Madisonville to Mayfield will be in a total solar eclipse on August 21. "Just before it's over, you'll see beads of light starting to form on the trailing edge".

This is the first total eclipse to cross the entire United States since 1918. The next will be in 2024. However, in reality the moon is much smaller than the sun, 400 times smaller and the sun is 400 times further away.

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For those of you who flunked astronomy or simply have never seen stars in your eyes, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, obscuring part or all of the star from the planet. Make sure your view isn't blocked by tall buildings or trees. According to NASA, it's important to ONLY watch the screen, not the sun, because t is not safe to look at the sun though the pinhole. The intense radiation from the sun can damage your retinas. The first event was Monday at the Anderson Library, where they had 2,000 sets of glasses.

With the proper gear, you can simply step outside your home to watch the eclipse or join a viewing party at a local science center or university.

- Remember that ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking directly at the sun, nor is a telescope, unfiltered camera, binoculars or other optical device. Do not look at your hands, but at the shadow of your hands on the ground. You will need to put eye protection back on as the sun begins to poke out from behind the moon.

As the Moon orbits Earth it occasionally passes between us and the sun. The killer feature on their eclipse page is the chart showing eclipse times for various cities in the path of totality.

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Penumbra - The part of the moon's shadow on Earth where a partial eclipse is seen.

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Just because we're only getting a partial eclipse here in NYC, you'll still need to be prepared with the right equipment like eclipse viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers, or risk permanently damaging your eyesight. The chromosphere is the thin red layer encircling the sun.

Central and eastern North Carolina has witnessed a number of partial solar eclipses, but even those weren't great.

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