Eclipse Tips: Everything You Need Know Ahead of Monday's Event

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Some Americans will be lucky enough to witness a total solar eclipse twice in just seven years, as the paths of totality cross, creating an "X" with an intersection in an area spanning across Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.

"We haven't had one like this that goes all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic, in 1918", says Ernie Wright, of the NASA Goddard Space Center. The only way I could have viewed an eclipse back then would have been through a homemade pinhole projector, with my back to the sun, just like we viewed one in grade school.

In Earth's history, there have been some 3 billion solar eclipses in the U.S. alone, though some were partial rather than total.

The path of 100 percent totality will pass through parts of Wyoming, Idaho, and South Dakota.

"So it enters a little bit north and travels a little bit south, but it crosses the entire country", he says. At that point, you'll start to see a bright light radiate out of the sliver of distance between the sun and the moon, known as the "diamond ring". Since we'll only have 90-95 percent eclipsed sun, we'll notice the sky changing and what appears to be sunset coming but it's not going to get very dark.

Before the sky darkens and the temperature drops around 1:20 p.m. on Monday, August 21, get your glasses, set up your playlist, and get caught up on the facts.

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Still, other schools, like those in the Edwardsville District 7, located in IL, not far from Carbondale, the location that will experience the eclipse for the longest duration, school is cancelled.

Eclipse Safari (free iOS and Android) also has the eclipse simulator and countdown timer, but also throws in a shadow tracker and live eclipse updates. Telescopes will be lined up on Main Street near the Booton Library for people to view the eclipse with. Some of the parents want their children to view the eclipse outside, but others would rather their children not risk eye injury and watch the NASA broadcast, she said. Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade will be dismissed at 3 p.m. instead of 2 p.m. Lesson plans will be related to NASA and other sites. From where? Do you have eye protection? The Wyckoff YMCA is located at 691 Wyckoff Ave. and the events begin at 1 p.m.

All of these apps will use your phone's Global Positioning System and give you information based on your location, or any other you choose. They will be led out by teachers depending on each teacher's preferences to view the eclipse from school grounds.

"Looking at the sun is not wise, and I have serious doubts about how safe the cheap eclipse glasses are for your eyes".

We can also learn about Earth itself.

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