What to expect with Monday's Solar Eclipse

This time, in a 70-mile-wide arc stretching from OR to SC the sun will disappear from the sky.

So what are our chances here in the UK?

While a partial eclipse will be visible throughout the country, 14 states along the path of totality will see the moon completely block the sun. IN is not in the Path of Totality so Hoosiers will see partial coverage.

If you didn't make travel plans to visit areas along the "path of totality", you can always fire up your computer or mobile device and see all the magic via live stream.

Pull over to the side of the road while driving, keep your headlights on, do not try to photograph or videotape the eclipse and do not wear the eclipse glasses while driving. But with the entire nation able to watch it on the same day, supplies of eclipse glasses have been selling out incredibly rapidly. For most of America, it will be a 60-90 percent eclipse.

Only special-purpose solar filter glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 global safety standard and are labeled as such are safe for eclipse viewing.

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A solar eclipse is when the moon goes in between the line of sight from earth to the sun.

Even if most of the sun is covered, the star is still so bright that it can cause eye damage.

You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality. Solar eclipse glasses, which look like 3-D glasses, use a darker lens that meets the ISO 12312-2 worldwide safety standard for filtering the sun's rays. If you use solar filters you have to make sure they are compliant with the standard ISO 12312-2, an global safety standard that tells how much light will be blocked by those filters. If not, let's discuss the most important one: never look at the partial eclipse without protective eyewear.

The viewing party will then begin at 2 p.m., as Staunton will reach its peak eclipse totality (at around 85%) by 2:40 p.m.

Clear skies will provide the best viewing experience. National Geographic also offers tips on how to build a solar eclipse viewer out of cardboard. But be sure check the shipping before you order to make sure you will get them on time.

"I'm actually quite concerned we're going to run out (of glasses) much quicker than I anticipated", said Lesley Simanton-Coogan, planetarium director and lecturer at UNG.


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