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Need solar eclipse glasses?

Need solar eclipse glasses?

With the date of the total solar eclipse approaching, public libaries have been hosting special programs over the last couple of weeks, and some are also providing eclipse glasses to the public. We've included a list of more than 100 places hosting eclipse events and parties, as well as stories about eclipses and how the area is preparing.

The umbra, defining the 70-mile-wide shadow where the sun's disk will be completely blocked out, will be at its closest to the space station at 2:23pm The moon's shadow will be about 1,100 miles away from the lab complex, but from their perch 250 miles up, the astronauts should be able to photograph the dark patch as they race along in their orbit.

Enjoy! The last solar eclipse happened in St. Louis in 1442. Inclement weather could still spoil the best opportunity to see the total eclipse in generations. The sky will darken from OR to SC, and what we see will be unforgettable.

This seems to be quite a boondoggle for the small communities blessed with the proper latitude. There was even a woman clearing her fields in order to make room for campers who made reservations to observe the eclipse tent-side.

"My wife and I will travel anywhere in the world for an eclipse", Zeiler said.

Contrast that to the 21 century, when we'll see six widely visible total solar eclipses starting this year and ending in 2099. People in Seattle and Vancouver will probably be hitting the road as well.

The partial eclipse is scheduled to start in Brookings at 11:37 a.m.

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Up in the Vail area, Walking Mountains Science Center is hosting a free viewing event at Westin Riverfront & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain from 10 a.m.to 12 p.m. Keyword here being free: free glasses, free entrance, free fun.

P.S. If you plan to look at the sun while it's partially eclipsed, don't fry your eyes. We sat in lawn chairs, our backs to the sun, and beers in our hands as we safely watched the event unfold.

X-rays stream off the sun in this image showing observations from by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The Hardin and Calvert City branches of the library still have them available for 50 cents each (limit 2). Scientists will study the sun's magnetic field and determine how energy moves through the Sun and out into space.

Of all the eclipses he's seen, though, this one has him the most excited - not just because of its path across the US, but because of its potential to inspire a whole new generation of science. Very civilized. I won't bore you with the details of the eclipse itself, as you can find all the information you want, in excruciating detail, on the internet. "My wife thinks I'm nuts", Hamill said.

I recall seeing ads for eclipse cruises over the years. In 1878, a total solar eclipse crossed the American West south into the Gulf of Mexico. What is rare is when the band of totality coincides with a convenient location, rather than being in the middle of the ocean, a desert in Africa or some other exotic locale.

An experience not seen in this country for 99 years will unfold over just a few minutes on August 21, when millions of Americans will see the daytime sky turn to twilight and, for some, to complete darkness.