How to prepare for the total solar eclipse

Muriel Hammond
August 7, 2017

This will be the first time since 1979 that anyone in the United States will be able to see a total solar eclipse and the first time in nearly a century since a total solar eclipse crossed the entire continental area.

The Great American Solar Eclipse will have hundreds of millions of people looking to the sky on August 21 to see the moon block out the sun.

An estimated 1 million people are expected in SC, which will see a total eclipse in a 70-mile (110-kilometer) strip across its three major cities.

Fisher says the eclipse is starting around 12:10 PM in Macon, but you won't see the eclipse until after 1 PM.

Many people will be selling the Eclipse Viewing Glasses however, you want to make sure you get them from a reputable source.

If you'll be in the "path of totality", you'll be able to take your glasses off and stare at the sun ONLY when it's completely eclipsed.

A solar eclipse is when the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on the earth.


A total solar eclipse is a rare event. If this event results in a total obscuration of the sun it is called a total eclipse.

The eclipse lasts just under 3 hours - But the moment of maximum eclipse lasts just a few minutes. Live streams of the eclipse will be provided if there is inclement weather.

The next solar eclipse won't pass through the US until April 8, 2024.

This is why there is a narrow belt where there is a total eclipse.

Homemade pinhole projectors can also be used to view the eclipse (Accuweather projector) as well as cardboard or box viewers.

Lunar Eclipses happen two to four times a year, but solar eclipses occur about every 18 months.

You should also avoid dark sunglasses, neutral density or polarizing filters made for camera lenses, smoke glass, exposed film, "space blankets", potato chip bags, DVDs and any other materials you may have heard about for viewing solar eclipses.

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