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How News 4 is preparing for the solar eclipse

How News 4 is preparing for the solar eclipse

"It's so risky for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina - we call it solar retinopathy and it's really very close to burning a hole in the retina", said Dr. Russell Van Gelder with the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

We got them in about 5 or 6 weeks ago [and] they're going like hotcakes, because people are very interested in this event that's coming up on August 21.

You won't see something like this again until 2316 - so you better get a good view.

If you're buying eclipse glasses, you'll also want to be sure they're not cheap knock-offs, Fienberg said. On the day of the eclipse though, the festival will turn its focus to the sky.

Monday, Aug. 21 - Join them for an eclipse viewing event.

University of Toledo biology professor Elliot Tramer reported that seabirds on the north coast of Venezuela were affected by a total eclipse that passed through the area in 2008.

Once the moon has completely blocked out the sun, causing it to suddenly become dark, viewers can then remove the glasses for a short amount of time.

Merlo recommends people to use camera and telescope solar filters too as staring straight into the sun through a lens of a camera has potential to permanently damage the eye.

NASA also went ahead and created this map, which combines the likelihood of clear skies with the eclipse path of totality.

The solar eclipse later this month won't be the apocalypse-scenario you're used to seeing in the movies. The full list can be found at eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.

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Eclipses happens sometimes when moon orbits earth and moves between the sun and earth, casting a shadow onto our planet.

Prominences: A large, bright loop of plasma extending out from the sun's surface.

According to NASA, about 325 million people in the country will be able to view some portion of the eclipse. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.

NASA is looking for citizen scientists, to take temperature measurements during the eclipse, to see how the Moon's shadow (even away from the path of totality) affects temperature and weather here on Earth.

There, the total solar eclipse will begin at 10:16 a.m. (PDT).

So this one is a bit of a stretch, but the eclipse DOES happen on a Monday, and a full moon is known to make people a little insane.

Transylvanian lore suggested eclipses brought plague and resulted from an angry sun turning away from men and cloaking herself in darkness due to their bad behavior. The width of the path is determined by the size of the moon's shadow, which can be seen in Pettit's video. The direct course of the eclipse slashes across the United States, beginning in OR and ending in SC. The place where the "greatest eclipse" will occur is in the lower southwestern corner of Kentucky.

What if I Miss It?

Anyone will do anything nowadays to make a buck - including selling counterfeit eclipse glasses that could harm your eyes. That's going to last in this area maybe 1 to 2 minutes.

A Summerville man can't wait to see his second total solar eclipse on August 21st.