A partial solar eclipse will be visible in Donegal this month

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It is the first total solar eclipse viewable in the United States since 1979. "That's why we want to caution people on the best viewing practices and urge them to consult their doctor of optometry if they have any questions".

Ophthalmologists can not stress enough the importance of wearing approved eclipse viewing glasses. A total solar eclipse hasn't been visible from the contiguous USA since 1979, and total solar eclipses usually only grace the skies above a given location every 100 years or so, according to NASA estimates.

Visitors will receive a free pair of safe eclipse viewing glasses, while supplies last, make their own pinhole projector, talk with astronomy expert Gil Newton, eat moon, and sun, themed food, and participate in other eclipse-related activities.

Most of East Tennessee will be in the eclipse's path. With the help of automatic receivers, the moon's passage in front of the sun will and how this affects radio signals will be studied.

You can see Space.com's chart of eclipse timing for major cities here.

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A rare solar eclipse will darken the sky on August 21.

The total eclipse will last just 1 1/2 hours as the lunar shadow sweeps coast to coast at more than 1,500 mph (2,400 kph) beginning about 1:15 p.m. EDT and ending at 2:49 p.m. EDT.

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"This means that just seeing the ISO logo or a label claiming ISO 12312-2 certification isn't good enough".

If you're planning to head down to Carbondale - it's about 330 miles south - and want to avoid driving, Greyhound has three daily stops in Carbondale and Amtrak is offering an "Amtrak Eclipse Express" train that will leave from Union Station. To enroll, most people only need to use their smartphone or ham radio and join the crowd sourced observing network. A comprehensive viewing guide offers a crash course in the science behind eclipses and instructions on how to safely observe the celestial phenomenon.

"Even very dark ones are not safe for looking directly at the sun; they transmit many thousands of times too much sunlight", AAS says.

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The American Astronomical Society has compiled a list of reputable manufacturers and authorized dealers.

The organization says buyers should be skeptical of glasses even if they're stamped with an ISO seal - which has been used in the past to indicate which glasses comply with standards set by the International Organization for Standardization.

NASA also recommends people to inspect their glasses before they use them.

However, scammers are also taking advantage of the business opportunities by selling fake glasses that will not protect your eyes. Here's where you can find them. "Set your watch and drag your coworkers outside to look at this".

In Lebanon, the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center has already given out "several hundred" pairs of safety glasses to Lebanon students in kindergarten through fifth grade who were to have received coupons before school ended (if yours didn't, contact the district office at 541-451-8511).

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