Both kids and adults need eclipse glasses to filter the sun's strong light.
But what if you are stuck in work that whole time, or something else is keeping you inside? After all, gazing at a solar eclipse with the naked eye - even if you're not in the so-called path of totality - can harm your vision, perhaps permanently. Just be sure you have Bonnie Tyler queued up and ready to go.
The library's Eclipse Party will take place on August 21 and will last from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Hotels along the path of totality have been booked solid for a year, and Stark said to expect heavy traffic to and from the totality path, which stretches from OR to SC.
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VALLEY- As America gears up for the upcoming solar eclipse, there are a few vital points to remember when it comes to protecting your eyes and those of your loved ones. Total solar eclipses, however, are only possible on Earth because of a cosmic quirk of geometry: The sun's diameter is 400 times wider than the moon's, but it is also 400 times farther away.
This NASA visualization shows how the moon throws a shadow onto Earth. Partial solar eclipses, on the other hand, occur when the alignment is such that the moon blocks only part of the sun, and these can occur more frequently. The following list are those states along its path and thus, most directly impacted: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and SC.
The eclipse itself will start at about 1:30 p.m. and reach its peak at about 2:20.
"Be prepared for prolonged travel times and heavy traffic" is what OR officials advise. Sunglasses (Rx or not; polarized or not) and smoked glass do not contain these layers and as such are NEVER safe for direct viewing of the sun. The American Astronomical Society released a list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers. The glasses will be available to attendees at the event on a first-come, first-served basis, Library Director Jackie Icenhower said, and won't be handed out in advance. One of the flaps, you'll cover with aluminum foil.
"It's something you remember your entire life, and you will tell stories to your grandchildren about it", Espenak added.