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In order for the moon to cover the sun, as it will during the solar eclipse on August 21, the moon has to be just right in space in relation to the Earth and Sun.

For the natural phenomenon of the eclipse Smith said, "Generally it'll be like a big cloud came over the United States".

This total solar eclipse was known as "Mirk Monday", and it horrified those in western Europe who could see it. Seeing this state of totality is such a rare occurrence that some consider it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Just a note, the solar filters expire in three years, so you won't be using them for the 2024 eclipse.

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As demand for eclipse glasses has skyrocketed, scams have entered the market. If you want to drive to see a total eclipse the closest area to Crawfordsville will be western Kentucky and the southern tip of IL.

Many people in the United States will view the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, which has not been seen on the USA mainland since 1979. You're also asked to take a look and see if the manufacturer's name and address is listed as well.

Today, thankfully, the prediction of solar eclipses is an exact science and far less fraught with risk of decapitation.

The eclipse will follow a path through 15 USA states including Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and SC. "We have two telescopes, including a 16-inch reflector which uses a mirror into a magnifier and a much smaller six-inch refractor which uses a lens to magnify, so the combination of those two provide for good viewing".

"All eclipse-related programming is free", Bain said.

The eclipse on August 21 is projected to be the most viewed eclipse in history.

"The miracle of eclipses - that the moon and the sun look about the same size", he said.

"The total eclipse is just unbelievable", said Guinan.

Experts predict the eclipse is expected to begin around 1 pm ET and last roughly until 4 pm ET, at which point the final sliver of the moon will sneak past the sun and restart the clock until 2045, when it will happen all over again. "It's as if you have your own personal astronomer by your side".

To avoid power disruptions, grid operators will have to perform a delicate juggling act, transporting energy across the country to make up for the temporary shortfall in solar-dependent regions, while carefully monitoring the ebb and flow of available solar energy as the Moon drifts across the surface of the Sun.