Solar Eclipse Date: What Day Is the Total Solar Eclipse?

Courtesy NASA

Courtesy NASA

According to Dr. Randal Dyck, an optometrist at Family Eye Care of Topeka, looking directly at the sun can be damaging.

"The sun is very bright and will burn your retinas". Its magnitude will be 79.5 percent with maximum area obscured at 74.77 percent. In Avon, we will experience 85 percent to 90 percent coverage of the sun, with the maximum coverage coming around 11:45 a.m.

"This is the first "all-American" solar eclipse in 99 years", said Kaleideum Planetarium Manager Tom Hillis.

The nearest total solar eclipse to Colorado will occur in Western Nebraska and West-Central to Eastern Wyoming.

"The most animals affected are animals that normally see light in the dark. People want to look", but staring at the sun, even for just an instant, can cause temporary and sometimes permanent vision damage, warned Dr. Rajesh Rao, an assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of MI. You'll want to wear proper eye protection if you want to look at the eclipse.

Beginning at 1:06pm, the moon will start moving in front of the sun and at its peak, around 2:30pm in London, 75% of the sun will be covered.

All eyes will be on the sky Monday as Londoners are treated to a partial solar eclipse.

Jenkins, 26, said she remembers learning about solar eclipses in school but has never seen one.

Indirect viewing techniques, such as pinhole projection, where a person looks away from the sun and projects the eclipse's shadow onto the ground or a piece of paper, are also safe, Lujan said.

Another option is to head over to Pioneer Works at 159 Pioneer Street in Red Hook where the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY will hold a free viewing from 1pm-4pm complete with solar-viewing glasses and telescopes with solar filters to watch the event.

While the only way to know for sure if glasses are legitimate is by buying them from a reputable vendor or testing them with lab equipment, there is a way for you to test if the glasses are fake. It said to look for ISO 12312-2 on the glasses. Nevertheless, the risk of eye damage is the same regardless of the degree of the eclipse.

The vast majority of the world's population does not reside in the U.S. and will not be there to see this eclipse live.

What is a solar eclipse?

On Monday 21 August the moon will pass in front of the sun and cast darkness over a 60-mile-wide path across the United States of America.

If you live in Western Kentucky, or are headed that way to view the total solar eclipse, make sure you pack more than a lunch and some lawn chairs. The eclipse formally ends at 3:37 p.m. when our moon's curved shadow exits the sun's far left edge.

To prepare, The Adler and other parks have been handing out special eclipse glass to prevent vision loss. While solar eclipses aren't uncommon, this one is significant. Why? Because motorists will be traveling to the path of totality from hundreds of miles, many motorists may not be familiar with the roads, terrain and climate.

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