The most valuable experts, however, may be those who educate us on how to effectively view the eclipse while avoiding solar retinopathy, and thereby preserving our vision.
Airbnb has exploded with listings promising pristine views of the eclipse, primarily in its path of totality from the Carolinas across the country to Oregon.
How unusual an event is this?One emperor had two astrologers killed for failing to predict a solar eclipse more than 4,000 years ago.
On that day, a partial eclipse will be seen in every state across the country, and a total solar eclipse will be visible across 14 states in the continental United States along the 70-mile-wide stretch of the country.
"In New Jersey, 71.33% of the eclipse will be visible", said Checki, a NASA JPL Solar System ambassador.
In Las Vegas, a partial eclipse will be observable, beginning at 9:09 a.m. The only time glasses can be taken off is during the total eclipse, when the sun is covered by the moon's shadow. Get the exact time and totality for your area here. Before that, in 1970, a total solar eclipse skirted the Atlantic coastline from Florida to Virginia. The total eclipse will end near Charleston at 2:48 p.m. ET. Eclipse glasses will be available on board.
You've only got a few weeks left to shop, so don't wait until the last minute and, in your rush, possibly get scammed. Just prevention. Because it is painful to look directly at the sun, solar retinopathy is not common.
And for the Great American Eclipse of 2017, northeast Georgia will be in the unique position to see that: "totality"...when the entire sun is blotted out by the moon's shadow.
Eye protection is critical. Through predictive analyses, these layers show the number of people, their distance from an event and their estimated travel time from a given point.
"The sky may get a little amusing, but sorry, it doesn't get dark", Harris says. Nashville is the biggest metropolitan area along the eclipse's main drag. He's headed to Oregon.
To give everyone a shot at the cosmic drama, which falls on a Monday, many schools are canceling classes, while offices plan to take a break or close for the day.
Brady, secretary of the astronomical society, wants everyone to see the beauty of this rare event, but not suffer life-long consequences for it.
Those multitudes are what terrify Jackie Baker, who owns and runs the Eclipse Kitchen with her father in a village of 600 that's tucked into a valley in southernmost IL.
Amir Caspi of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and his team will use two of NASA's WB-57F research jets to chase the darkness across America on August 21. The line of totality will cross from Texas, up through the Midwest, nearly directly over Indianapolis, Cleveland and Buffalo, New York, up over New England and out over ME and New Brunswick, Canada. Darkness will last four minutes. And if there is just one simple fender-bender while the traffic is as thick as some are thinking, I have heard one prediction saying I-77 traffic could be a parking lot from Columbia, SC to Lake Norman! Ordinary sunglasses won't protect you - you'll get thousands of times too much ultraviolet light if you gaze at the sun with only your Maui Jims.