"It's a tremendous opportunity for people to witness a celestial event like this". I'm here to help.
NASA will provide MTSU with materials that the university will use and distribute at its August 21 event, organized by the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and presented by Turner Construction.
This eclipse's "path of totality" starts in OR and runs southeast across the country to SC before the shadow of the moon goes out to sea. There are great options if you like spending time in the great outdoors, but Columbia also has its fair share of big city charm with a host of dining, shopping and entertainment options. There is a brief phase during a total solar eclipse when it is safe to look directly at the sun.
Does this mean it go dark?
You've seen the time-lapse shots often in movies, in opening sequences when the world seems to speed by, clouds move to a different rhythm and people are running, not walking, through the streets, at ultra high speeds.
Where and when will it happen? Starting at 12:15 p.m. ET, the Kronos Quartet will use eclipse data coming in from OR and Wyoming to create a musical composition.
From Oregon in the west, to SC in the east, there will be festivals and flamboyant eclipse viewing parties. The total eclipse will end near Charleston at 2:48 p.m. ET.
"I'll be able to see the effects of the eclipse, OK", Montgomery said.
A total solar eclipse, caused by the Moon passing directly between the Sun and the Earth, hasn't crossed the United States like this since 1918.
In addition to making travel plans and purchasing special filtered glasses for eye protection, families can prepare for the total solar eclipse on August 21 by downloading eclipse apps. Not ever; even doing so for a fraction of a second could cause permanent eye damage, up to and including blindness. Regular sunglasses, binoculars and camera lenses will not do.
They feature dual lens non-removable glass solar filters that are independently lab tested and fully meet ISO 12312-2.
No registration - just report to the gazebo in Ballard Park starting at 1:00 PM to receive your free glasses and instruction on safe viewing.
Eclipse glasses are widely available.
The moon's shadow will produce a partial eclipse across a much wider swath. But shadows will become sharper and the Sun is reduced to a crescent. Remember, you can't look up at the skies or you might go blind.
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