The solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 will be seen across all of the United States.
A total solar eclipse is a visual marvel that happens when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth.
If you miss this one, he added, clear your schedule in advance for the next one in April 2024.
The eclipse will start a little before noon Central time and will be at its peak at 1:10 p.m., Miller said. So if you think about a large, thin crust pizza and a small ground of sausage in the middle, that small ground of sausage would be the Earth, and at the edge of that pizza crust would be where the moon is orbiting. The further a location is from the center of the path, the shorter its viewing will be.
Miller will have the proper equipment to view the eclipse. Comparatively, about 70 percent of all solar eclipses are longer than this one, with the longest at 7.5 minutes.
On Monday, August 21, a 70-mile wide strip of the country ranging from OR to SC will go dark.
State and national parks all along the path have events planned to celebrate and view the phenomenon across the nation.
Solar eclipses occur when the moon is directly between the Earth and the sun.
This upcoming eclipse - which will very likely be the most-watched total solar eclipse in history, NASA officials have said - will provide a chance for others inside and outside the path of totality to help verify its size. Also, don't reuse eclipse glasses that are more than three years old.
Besides being one of these brands, the glasses much also have the reference number ISO 12312-2 printed on the them.
It is safe for people in the path of totality to look at the sun without glasses only during the brief period of totality, which will last about two minutes.
Kramer estimates about 80% of the sun will be out of view. "This is completely false", reads NASA's web site. About 20 percent of the sun will appear to be covered here on the Big Island. "The sun can be bright enough to cause retinal damage". If you want to use binoculars or a telescope (or any optical device including a camera), you must get special eclipse-safe filters for the front lenses.
This time around, everyone in this country will see at least a partial eclipse, but for most of us, it hardly will be noticeable.
The last total solar eclipse seen in the contiguous states occurred in 1979, when it was viewed by northwestern and north central states. "I have a guy from England coming that's seen 17 eclipses", said manager Dwain Romsa.