KCK tourism officials preparing for solar eclipse

Louisville Astronomical Society member shares insight on eclipse

Don't put an eye out: Here's what you'll need to watch the Aug. 21 eclipse safely

Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk, NASA states. Oregon State University in Corvallis, which is in the eclipse path of totality, has canceled classes and closed offices and will host eclipse-related events. The sun will reach its maximum coverage about 1:20 p.m. and stay that way for nearly three minutes. But the eclipse will begin well before it's visible here. Looking directly at the eclipse at any moment except the brief period when the moon has fully eclipsed the sun without certified glasses could damage your eyes. 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. When total eclipse begins in western OR, the partial eclipse will just be starting here in Baltimore.

Below see a map from NASA that previews how the eclipse will look in cities including Seattle.

How can I look at it safely?

Third, staring for even a short time at the intense light around the eclipse can cause serious, permanent vision damage.

If you haven't placed an order yet - or your glasses are arriving after the solar eclipse - don't panic yet.

You can also check out other options on the American Astronomical Society's list of reputable brands and retailers.

The college will have a solar telescope set up on campus the day of the eclipse for people to view it.

A partial solar eclipse in 2012. How shadow bands appear vary from eclipse to eclipse, and nobody's quite sure what causes them. For a few minutes on August 21, the moon will orbit perfectly between the earth and the sun causing total darkness to fall over 14 states, while others outside the path of the total eclipse will see a partial solar eclipse. That eclipse took a somewhat similar path as this month's will, from OR to Florida.

With the date of the total solar eclipse approaching, public libaries have been hosting special programs over the last couple of weeks, and some are also providing eclipse glasses to the public. However, it will only visible in certain areas. The 2045 eclipse will track from northern California to Florida.

An eclipse does not happen often. The diamond ring has disappeared and the moon has completely covered the sun.

While racing around Earth on the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Don Pettit captured stunning footage of the moon's dark shadow traversing across Earth's surface. According to NASA scientists, the moon's orbit is tilted in relation to the Earth's orbit around the sun, differing by five degrees.

And finally, for those who want to experience the historic celestial event with colleagues, the Erb Memorial Union will host a watch party on its east lawn from 9 to 11:30 a.m., providing refreshments and a limited number of eclipse glasses for safe viewing. Something to watch for on Eclipse afternoon. The sun should look very distinct and surrounded by darkness.

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