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Total solar eclipse

The United States eclipse will be plunged into darkness as the Moon entirely covers the Sun for a few minutes on August 21.

Millions of people have travelled to a 70-mile belt across the US reaching from Oregon on the west coast to North Carolina on the east coast to witness the astonishing natural phenomenon.

Only those under the path of totality will witness the full effect, while others elsewhere in North America will see a partial eclipse. Temperatures will plunge and the sky will go black. The solar corona – the hazy aura of light that surrounds the Sun – will also be revealed.

Britons will not be as lucky as the total solar eclipse will not be visible from the UK

The moon will cover up to 10 per cent of the Sun’s diameter and two per cent of its area. Solar Viewing Path
You will be able to view a partial solar eclips from anywhere in North America. Halfway through the during the phase known as totality — the moon will completely block the sun’s bright face for a couple of minutes. Day will turn into night, and the sun’s outer atmosphere will become visible

Total Solar Eclipse of March 2016 Composite Image
Total Solar Eclipse of March 2016 Composite Image

To see a total solar eclipsed you must be within the path of totality, which is a ribbon about 70 miles wide that will cross the U.S. from west to east. The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon, at 9:05 a.m. PT. The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. ET.

The longest duration of totality will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds. Solar Viewing Safety Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief phase of totality during a solar when the moon entirely blocks the sun, which will happen only within the path of totality.

Solar Eclipse Glasses for USA Solar Eclipse
Solar Eclipse Glasses for USA Solar Eclipse

The single safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through approved solar filters, such as glasses or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or regular sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun.

NASA recently adopted a new, more stringent ISO safety standard to better protect your eyes from harmful solar radiation. When shopping for a product for safe solar viewing, look for a label on the package that says „ISO 12312-2, Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun.“

Be sure to follow these guidelines Always inspect your solar filter before use, and discard it if it’s scratched or damaged

Read and follow any instructions that come with your solar viewing product
Always look away from the sun while putting on or taking off your solar viewing apparatus to prevent yourself from looking directly at the sun,
Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or any other device