Harper to host viewing party for upcoming solar eclipse

The rest of the nation, in addition to Canada and Mexico, will have to settle for a partial solar eclipse, ranging from 50 to 99.9 percent across the nation as you get closer to or further away from the path of totality.

If you were to simply sit in one place and wait for a total solar eclipse to happen, you would have to wait, on average, about 375 years. The eclipse will end at 3:50 p.m.

The Science Spectrum will be celebrating this wonderful astronomical event by holding a *Free public Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday, August 21st from 11:00am to 2:00pm on its front lawn and in the lobby.

Our eyes are too sensitive and fragile for us to stare at the sun safely - eclipse or not. "Everyone's mother has said don't look at the sun with your naked eye and definitely not through a telescope or binoculars".

Harper College is gearing up for the first total solar eclipse to sweep the entire width of the contiguous United States in almost a century.

Columbia is pitching itself as the "Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast" because the city will experience 2 minutes, 36 seconds of blackout beginning at 2:42 p.m., longer than any metro area on the eastern seaboard. Solar filters are necessary for the rest of the eclipse.

Even though the eclipse isn't for another three weeks, you'll want to order your eclipse glasses now. Eclipse glasses can not have any scratches, cuts or be damaged in any way. The grid will show the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse. "You want to have something that's safe", he explained.

Assistant Program Coordinator Glen Adams described the eclipse as "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity". But it does occur in the morning when we could see a deck of marine clouds covering up the spectacle west of the Cascades in both Washington and Oregon.

Fienberg is also concerned about fraudulent products made to look like the ones manufactured by reputable companies.

"In Charleston, cruise boats and yachts are offering eclipse-viewing trips in Charleston Harbor for the final display of totality on the continent before the 2017 eclipse heads out to sea".

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