Tomorrow, August 21, 2017, 14 states will experience a total solar eclipse. A total solar eclipse is when the Moon crosses in between the Earth and the Sun. For people who are in the path of totality, the Moon will completely cover the Sun. People who are not in the path of totality will only experience a partial solar eclipse, meaning that the sun will not be completely covered. When viewing this amazing event, people need to be ready as to not damage their eyes. NASA, along with several other retailers, have been selling special glasses that can only be used for viewing the eclipse. Regular sunglasses are not safe to wear during the eclipse because they do not filter the sunlight. If you do not have these special glasses, you can project an image of the sun onto a screen using a cereal box. Click here for more safe ways to view the eclipse! When obtaining these glasses, be sure they come with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard. People have expressed concern for their pets, however, animals do not look at the sun. Large crowds are expected in and near the path of totality so traffic is expected to be very heavy during the time of the eclipse. The eclipse will start around 9:00 AM PDT in Oregon, and end at 1:13 PM EDT in South Carolina. Schools have either closed or have extended the school day so students can view this historical event. Make sure you are safe and ready for the historical event, as the next eclipse for the United States is in 2024. However, the eclipse in 2024 will stretch from Texas to Maine.
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ⓒ 2017 Meteorologist Brandie Cantrell