Purdue Memorial Mall site of solar eclipse viewing Aug. 21

On August 21st, for the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse will reach across the United States, plunging a strip over 100 kilometres wide, into darkness.

America may be gearing up for a total solar eclipse - the so-called "Great American Eclipse" - but the rest of the world can take solace in the possibility of witnessing a partial lunar eclipse on Monday.

The lunar eclipse on the night of August 7 had everyone in the space circuit buzzing with excitement.

Thanks to a grant from Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning, the county's libraries will distribute free solar eclipse glasses beginning August 17.

If you miss out this upcoming solar eclipse, don't worry -the next one that will fly over the United States happens in 2024.

Thousands and Thousands of Solar Eclipses, all these years; what would be even new, you might think? The moon moves higher and lower than Earth during its orbit meaning sometimes the shadow it casts ends up above or below the Earth in space. A narrow swath from Texas to ME will see a total solar eclipse.

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By the way, if you're hoping to check out a total solar eclipse in CT, unfortunately you'll have to wait until May 1st, 2079 to see it. Special eclipse glasses can protect your eyes.

If the entire Moon passes through the umbral shadow, then a total eclipse of the Moon will be possible.

Cloudly weather and heavy rains prevented Delhiites from viewing Lunar eclipse on August 7.

The eclipse will begin at 9:06 a.m. PDT in Madras, Oregon with totality - the period when the moon is completely blocking the sun - coming about an hour later.

Historically, lunar eclipses have shocked and sparked fear among people, particularly during lunar eclipses with a blood red moon. People in India have to wait till year 2019 to observe solar eclipse. "While it may not be as dramatic, it's a wonderful opportunity to build understanding of eclipses, in anticipation of the big one to follow".

You still have time to purchase viewing glasses for $2 dollars at the DuPont Planetarium.

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