The countdown for the Total Solar Eclipse is nearly over! Before the fun and excitement, here is some information about the Great American Eclipse, plus a few tips for the upcoming event.
A total solar eclipse is an astonishing sight where day turns to night with only the Sun's corona showing. This cosmic display occurs where the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up to reveal the Sun's corona. The entire eclipse lasts for almost three hours but you only get a few minutes of totality. The last total solar eclipse in the USA occurred in 1979.
1. DO NOT look at the Sun without approved solar filters (such as eclipse glasses from a reputable source). Don't risk permanent eye damage! DO NOT GET SCAMMED visit this site to know where to buy NASA and the American Astronimical Society approved solar filters.
2. During the couple of minutes of Total Solar Eclipse, it is actually safe to look directly at the Sun's corona with your eyes or with binoculars. After the eclipse ends INSTANTLY turn your eyes away and put your eclipse glasses back on IMMEDIATELY.
The next total solar eclipse in the USA will occur in 2024 so enjoy the special moment while it lasts. If you want to capture the eclipse, it's best to start a video camera or still camera in time-lapse mode on a tripod before the eclipse.
Top Ten Perfect Viewing Spots:
Snake River Valley, Idaho
Sandhills of western Nebraska
St. Joseph, Missouri
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Columbia, South Carolina
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