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Are your solar eclipse glasses safe? Here's how you check

09 August 2017, 12:31 | Myrtle Vega

A total solar eclipse will occur August 21, and what makes this celestial event so special is that it is the first transcontinental total solar eclipse in 99 years.

NASA will live stream the event in various platforms, so all one has to do is open up any of the agency's streaming platforms.

Millions are expected to travel to cities and states in the path of eclipse totality, where locals are bracing for the onslaught, according to news accounts.

A map of the path of the eclipse.

The phenomenon occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun which casts a shadow on the Earth.

As already mentioned, the August 21 total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States, but that doesn't mean everyone will get the chance to see it.

No other country but the US will be privy to the path of totality.

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Making sure your solar eclipse glasses are safe
The moon passes right in front of the sun at just the right time so that we go from light to darkness in just a few minutes. A total solar eclipse means that Earth , the sun, and the moon, which all orbit in space in predictable paths, will align.

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When you put them on, "you shouldn't be able to see anything...except the sun itself", the organizations says. "It's going to be about a 75 percent blockage of the sun which is still pretty good", she said. Totality will only occur for roughly two minutes. It was the ancient Greeks who figured out the mathematics involved when the earth, moon and sun line up on the same plane causing an eclipse, he said. On June 30th, 1927, the English writer Virginia Woolf witnessed a total solar eclipse, and she later wrote about the surreal experience in her diary.

Since the much-awaited total solar eclipse that will be seen across the United States is just nine weeks away, Tech Times has prepared a list of tips to make the experience more memorable.

Cardboard frames for solar eclipse glasses are stacked in the American Paper Optics factory in Bartlett, Tenn.

Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. It is offered as fair warning to every person in every town that lies just beyond the eclipse's 70-mile-wide path of totality. The path of totality begins in the North Pacific, passes through northern OR, central Idaho, over Wyoming, across Nebraska, and through Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and SC, finally passing into the North Atlantic.

The current NASA map shows that path, arching in a line across the United States from OR through Missouri and continuing through SC and into the Atlantic Ocean, will just miss dozens of communities in the southern reaches of the Kansas City area. "My suggestion is to travel as close to the totality path as possible, but plan ahead as traffic and parking may be your biggest challenge".

The retired science teacher is now president of the Olympia Amateur Radio Society which will be in charge of transmitting voice and data calls previously, during and after the solar eclipse ends. Staring at the sun with unprotected eyes is always risky, except during the few minutes of totality.

Fanatics have begun claiming the end of the world on that fateful day referring to it as one of the ten prophesied Biblical plagues.

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