If you were to simply sit in one place and wait for a total solar eclipse to happen, you would have to wait, on average, about 375 years. Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds. A lot of events will be happening to offer views of the eclipse.
DO use eclipse dedicated glasses made from Mylar film. The glasses are FREE and are available while supplies last. He said it's best to order eye wear now, or attend one of the multiple eclipse showings around the Chippewa Valley. "The eye is actually a magnifier, and it is about 3 or 4 times stronger than most hand-held magnifying glasses", Van Gelder says. KXLY will restock those glasses next week.
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"All of the suppliers have dried up so there is literally no glasses left in the United States, we're just running out", said Koenig.
"You might be tempted to stare at the sun, but you can actually damage your retina and not know it", he said.
This is a big chance for astronomy club, which only formed a year ago, to get their name out.
National Park Service staff say the last time an eclipse path crossed the continental United States, Jimmy Carter was president, a gallon of gas cost 86 cents, and Atari video games were popular. So we want people to avoid stopping on the side of the highway to view the eclipse because the side of I-5 is not the safest place for someone to be.
Participating 7-Eleven stores in Richmond are selling special eclipse glasses for $2.99.
In Coeur d'Alene, the resort has an eclipse brunch the morning of the 21st. This means fans can still take in some partial solar eclipse action without potentially damaging or even blinding their vision.
Here in Tennessee, 35 counties are set to experience the eclipse in its totality, and for many of those counties, businesses are preparing for a massive influx of visitors.