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Easy ways to observe the solar eclipse

Easy ways to observe the solar eclipse

Keep in mind the eclipse should begin at 9:13 a.m. on august 21 and will reach its peak at 10:33 a.m. This eclipse will travel in a thin 70-mile wide path across the entire nation, from OR to SC.

Some event locations will provide free solar glasses to a limited number of people who arrive early. The path of the eclipse started in the Northwest, beginning in Washington and traveling east to North Dakota before moving into Canada. The photograph shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006.

The Aug. 21 eclipse, also called the Great American Solar Eclipse, will sweep across the continental USA from OR to SC along a path about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide.

However, meteorologists say, one of these stray thunderstorms could be so poorly timed it occurs over part of the area seeing an eclipse for the roughly two- to three-minute period of totality. In Syracuse, the moon's shadow will cover about 85 percent of the sun. Secretly, though, I was overly excited to experience the natural phenomenon first hand, which I have wanted to see after experiencing a partial solar eclipse at the age of five as a child.

Getting outside to see this solar eclipse will be the only chance you have until July 2, 2019, when totality will only occur in the southern hemisphere. "For this reason, it is important to use special-purpose solar filters when enjoying the eclipse", said Brookhaven's Emergency Management Coordinator Paul White.

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If you're out of luck and can't catch this eclipse, the next one is just seven years away in 2024 and will be over Arkansas. In the path of totality, stars and planets will be visible!

Comcast is hosting an event the day of the eclipse where attendees will get protective glasses.

Millions of Americans will be staring up at the sky on August 21.

Remember when you're mom told you to not look directly at the sun?

It is never safe to view a partial solar eclipse directly; the safe viewing glasses carried by Bishop Museum's Shop Pacifica and other venues are a good means of viewing solar eclipses.