SRU, nation prepare to witness total eclipse of the sun

Cardboard frames for solar eclipse glasses are stacked in the American Paper Optics factory in Bartlett Tenn. in June. Most websites and stores have run out of the much-desired product ahead of the Aug. 21 eclipse

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To safely view the epic solar eclipse that will cut a dramatic shadow across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21, you'll need a special pair of ultra-dark sunglasses.

If a digital experience isn't what you're after, consider one of the cheapest and easiest eclipse viewing tricks: the old pinhole.

Cox will be viewing the eclipse with eclipse glasses that she luckily received this week.

That's the big show, where the Moon completely blocks out the Sun. The following questions we answer are ones that we either had not answered yet or are so popular they bear repeating.

Of course it is not, and how exactly this eclipse proves their theory is a confusing tale.

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"I would argue that God on goal made the universe handsome, and one of the beauties is a solar eclipse".

It's the first total solar eclipse visible in the US but no other country since the founding of our nation in 1776.

It's only possible because - even though the Sun is 400 times larger than the Moon, the Moon is 400 times closer to the Earth. If we could see any bit of the moon during this phase, a solar eclipse would be impossible. "If you're in the path of totality, I believe it's about as bright as a full moon".

In the state, spectators will witness the moon hide 70 percent of the sun.

This has a few implications.

During the eclipse and at totality, don't get caught up with cameras and cell phones.

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The American Astronomical Society says the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or handheld solar viewers.

"One of the most spectacular things about this particular eclipse is that even if you're not in totality, everyone in the lower 48 [states] will at least get a partial eclipse".

Walking Mountains and the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa have partnered for this once-in-a-lifetime (literally) experience. Telescopes equipped with safe solar filters will also be on the grounds. The glasses will also be available for purchase on a first come, first served basis at the viewing party. "The sun puts out a lot more than visible light; infrared waves make heat, UV rays do damage too and the radiation burns the most important parts of your retinas".

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A total solar eclipse is seen from Palembang city on March 9, 2016 in Palembang, South Sumatra province, Indonesia.

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