Watch for knockoffs: Unsafe glasses flood market ahead of eclipse

You'll have to hop in the auto and drive to SC for the best and closest view.

Scientists say the eclipse will give us an unprecedented view of the solar atmosphere never seen before.

You can find special solar eclipse glasses at Walmart, 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Lowes, ToysRUs, Home Depot or Amazon.

In less than 10 days, on Monday, August 21, 2017, the United States will experience an eclipse of the sun.

There is a slow buildup to the main event.

If the orbit of the moon is at apogee, its highest point, the surface of the moon covers a smaller portion of the sun. HINT: while wearing a pair of undamaged glasses (ones that are not scratched, torn or with holes) you shouldn't be able to see anything except the mild glow of the sun when looking toward the sun. There will also be a noticeable drop in temperature.

Animals and the environment: Look up at the sky, look at the ground and listen. Look up, and you will see stars as if it were normal night, but accompanied by a blackened moon surrounded by the sun's shimmering white corona, like a black sunflower possessed of delicate silver petals. "I think the primates are what we'll be interested in watching because they are cognitively advanced". Another exclaimed: "Is that the eye of God?"

The rest of the US gets a partial eclipse that extends into Canada and to the top of South America.

Fram, who works on a project known as the Ocean Observatories Initiative, will be able to get data from six bio-acoustic sonars off the Northwest coast - three that are directly in the path of totality and three that are not.

Fairfax County officials warn that viewing a solar eclipse, even a partial eclipse, without proper eye protection can cause "eclipse blindness" or retinal burns. My students, colleagues and I, with support from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society, are bringing some two tons of equipment to OR to capture as much data in our computers and cameras as possible in our two minutes of totality. What I had waited most of my life to see would unfold on the far side of a curtain, out of sight.

Remember this: hope for no clouds! Baily's beads appear just before the beginning and end of totality.

The vision was awful, apocalyptic. The sky will take on an eerie grayish, dim glow. Utter silence descended. It was as if a black cloak had been cast over everything. The horizon glows red from the light outside the moon's shadow. Even though folks know that a total solar eclipse is happening, the experience can be awe-inspiring, beautiful, even eerie and unsettling. Even concealed, the totality was magnificent.

NASA's path of totality maps show a crisply defined, 70-mile-wide path where the moon blocks 100 percent of the sun. When it does, you must go to wherever the moon's shadow will momentarily sweep across a small part of the globe.

People watch a partial eclipse in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 20, 2015. "You have to be in totality to see the precise moments of time the sunlight hits the edge of the moon where it's cratered or there's a valley". I couldn't bring myself to do that.

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