Will I be able to see the solar eclipse in Washington?

Library to host solar eclipse programs

Preparations underway for solar eclipse

You can clearly see the temperature drop during totality, then the rise once the sun reappears. If this event results in a total obscuration of the sun it is called a total eclipse.

Around 88 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon near the Canadian border.

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) issued the following statement on August 1, 2017, prior to the August 21 total solar eclipse.

Additionally, the OMNI Theater will be offering special discounted screenings of the film Solar Max in the OMNI Theater at 11:00am and 2:00pm on this day for only $5.00 per person. Looking at the eclipse directly is only safe for the short time that the sun is completely blocked.

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Tens of millions of people are expected to view the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States in almost 40 years. "We'll still get a decent eclipse, but it's a partial eclipse". Viewers who end up with fake glasses could run the risk of getting a condition known as "eclipse blindness" or serious damage to the retina.

As businesses around the United States find different ways to cash-in on the upcoming total solar eclipse, experts are warning that not all eclipse glasses being sold are what they seem. Do a search online for ISO 12312 solar eclipse glasses or check local stores.

"The main message here is you don't ever, ever, ever want to look directly at the sun without these glasses at any time during the eclipse, even when the sun is nearly covered up", says Amy Twito with the Seattle Public Library. For those in the path of totality - a thin path only 70 miles wide stretching from OR to SC - the sun will be completely blocked by the moon for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

He explains that real solar viewers are thousands of times darker than regular sunglasses.

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They're also reserving the top floor of the parking garage across the street as a place where people to gather to view the spectacular event.

This month's eclipse fortunately comes in August when skies tend to be clear. "We will also have goggles and glasses specifically made to look at the sun".

One of the best ways to view the eclipse is to simply take a piece of paper - heavier paper like construction paper is best - and poke a hole in it with a paperclip.

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