Meteorologist Cindi Clawson answers FAQ's about the eclipse

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According to NASA, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves in front of the sun, creating a barrier between earth and the sun. Places within the penumbra - the moon's partial shadow - will see a partial eclipse.

If you haven't heard yet (unlikely), there's an event of cosmic significance happening on August 21: a very special solar eclipse, with a shadow path that will pass exclusively through the continental U.S.

"Exercise good judgment on the roads, plan ahead, no stopping on the side of the road and, of course, no driving with those eclipse glasses because it's really tough to see". "The sun was totally blocked out and you could see the aurora around the sun", Smith said that moment it went dark "you could see the peace and quiet in god's creation". The pale corona, or outer edge, of the sun, which is visible only during a total solar eclipse, will be a million times dimmer than the sun itself as it shines around the moon.

Sit at the deck at Riverbend Park or bring a lawn chair and sit in the grassy area to enjoy a spectacular view of the Potomac and the eclipse.

In Michigan, 75 to 90 percent of the eclipse will be visible, meaning the moon will block 75 to 90 percent of the sun.

Smith will see his second eclipse on August 21st.

Earlybirds who plan on watching a piece of sun go missing should keep in mind to be safe.

According to multiple studies, with the eclipse comes a risky form of radiation that can cause severe eye damage and in some cases, blindness. Viewing glasses are available at the Bishop Museum's Shop Pacifica, or online.

Mankind has observed eclipses since the dawn of time.

Another way to view the partial eclipse is the hand method.

The library only has enough glasses for the first 150 people to show up, so be sure to arrive early to take advantage of this offer.

Inspect your glasses beforehand. The focused sunlight can melt the filter and damage the eyes. "You certainly do not want to look at it here in Evansville and you want to wear the solar eclipse glasses the entire eclipse".

Griggs spoke about how mankind has reacted to eclipses throughout history, especially before they understood the science of what was happening. Turn away from the sun before removing the solar filter. You will also need to use solar filters on cameras, binoculars, and telescopes.

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