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The next total solar eclipse viewable in North America won't occur till 2024. What exactly is a solar eclipse, though, and how does it differ from the lunar eclipses we talk about every now and then?

He added, " So what that means, is when we have a total solar eclipse, the moon is just the right size to block all the light from the Sun.

What will it look like?

Safety is really important since the eclipse involves the sun. We've been hearing a lot about the total solar eclipse that lasts for 2 minutes, but let me clear this up: It will not be a total eclipse here in Michiana, and it doesn't just last 2 minutes.

Although the Parsons area will experience a almost total solar eclipse on august 21, looking at the sun without protection still will be hazardous to people's eyes.

When should I look for it?

The solar eclipse expected between 9 a.m. and noon August 21 should be visible here in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. But the eclipse will begin well before it's visible here.

This forecast will no doubt change, but it's evident that several weather systems could come into play, ending the party in some spots by early that afternoon. It will have a path 160 miles wide and the time of totality will be more than 6 minutes at its peak.

Middle Tennessee is lucky because during some solar eclipses, the moon is too far away.

The actual time of this major attraction enters IL partially at 1:17 p.m., totality occurs at 1:20 p.m., and leaves as a partial by 1:27 p.m. CDT on Aug 21. "There's a couple safe ways to look at it".

DO use eclipse dedicated glasses made from Mylar film. The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable eclipse glasses and handheld viewers on its website.

Solar Eclipse - a phenomenon not very rare.

Those watching with, for example, eclipse glasses, will see an increasing chunk taken out of the solar disk as the moon starts passing in front of it.

Of course, most of those eclipses aren't visible from the United States.

The total eclipse will be visible nearby in parts of Missouri (see the full map), but even in Fayetteville, a 90% eclipse will be visible on the 21st.


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