Chabad to Host Thousands of Eclipse-Chasers Across America

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"Only with special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer, you can safely look directly at the Sun", the agency said. The presentation will demonstrate what to expect with the coming Total Solar Eclipse and how to safely view the eclipse.

IL is just one of 14 states that will witness the total solar eclipse. She recommends doing whatever it takes to watch the eclipse from within totality, because the viewing experience will be drastically diminished, even at 99 percent of totality. From Illinois, the shadow will pass through Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and then SC until 2:45 p.m.

You're going to hear a lot about the great American eclipse in coming weeks, even if you don't live in the U.S. (sorry).

Although these planes will be flying at speeds over 500 miles per hour, they still won't be as fast as the eclipse: The average speed of the moon's shadow as it crosses the almost 1,700 miles per hour.

Even though it won't get totally dark like areas to our south, we'll still see some unique phenomena associated with a solar eclipse.

The length of the totality actually varies from eclipse to eclipse.

To check eclipse viewing times for any location click this link.

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As for Gutsch, he'll view the solar eclipse in OR, where he'll be staying with family. Its 100-mile-wide path of totality, total darkness to communities for about 2.5 minutes, is expected to cover three of South Carolina's major cities: Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston. Pacific Time where viewers will experience a minute and fifty seconds of totality.

For scientists, the celestial event is a rare opportunity to observe the elusive solar corona, the sun's outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the sun's bright surface. Remember, it's nearly never safe to look directly at the sun, eclipse or not.

The eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun, blocking the light.

Since a new moon occurs every 29 1/2 days, he added, "You might think that we should have a solar eclipse about once a month".

The Federal Highway Administration is calling this a "planned special event for which there has been no recent precedent in the United States". A little further east, Orient will see a maximum eclipse of about 85.9 percent at 10:26 a.m. This is what most people will experience - the partial eclipse.

The five manufacturers who have received certification in making the solar eclipse glasses are working to make the products. There will be a partial lunar eclipse in Malaysia on August 7.