NASA says unsafe eclipse glasses being distributed

This is a map depicting the total solar eclipse viewing corridor.

"It is quite the experience, Shull said".

"I understood at that moment why people chase these things around the world".

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend, TN is hosting a Solar Eclipse Tour to Cades Cove.

The United States will have a front-row seat to one of the most spectacular solar eclipses to sweep across the country in our lifetimes.

"You need to have the proper filters to photograph, or even just to look at, the eclipse".

NASA has issued some tips to ensure you have certified glasses or solar viewers for August 21.

Wearing ordinary sunglasses, even dark ones, will not do, NASA said.

Eclipse glasses contain filters certified to reduce the visible sunlight to a level that won't damage your eyes, as well as block ultraviolet and infrared radiation. Also, lenses that are scratched or wrinkled are not safe to view the event. This phase is called totality, and it lasts about 2 minutes. The partial eclipse will continue until approximately 2:30pm. "Some filters are safe for cameras but not your eye, some are safe for both", Gutsch says. Nocturnal creatures will sound off, stars and planets will shine bright, and the temperature will plummet several degrees as the moon becomes the sky's starring act.

While the very best viewing will be in places like Columbia and Charleston, what you'll be able to see in Charlotte will still be incredible.

Approximation of the sun during peak eclipse in New Jersey
Approximation of the sun during peak eclipse in New Jersey

"A lot of hotels in the path of totality have already been sold out".

The length of the totality actually varies from eclipse to eclipse.

You can buy special dark glasses made specifically for looking at eclipses, but you can also use a pinhole cut in a piece of card or paper to project the eclipse onto another piece of paper.

You can set your clock to it, even to the precise second. Make sure you've got a camera, lens and tripod.

Those planning to look skyward during the total or partial event, he warned, should wear eclipse glasses. The Gulf Coast region will catch a partial eclipse.

Rest assured that the world's media will be flooded with professional captures of the totality as soon as the event is over, so you might as well just sit back and enjoy the spectacle. "There was another one in Hawaii in 1991", she said.

"We are expecting millions of people to participate in this event, and images and data from this will be collected and analyzed by scientists for years to come".

Know your camera well, think about the shots you want to take, the settings you plan to use and practice, practice, practice before heading out on the big day. Rooms are available but, like all good promoters, she says you have to act fast.

The eclipse will begin there at about 9:08 a.m. and last until 11:41 a.m., with the maximum eclipse taking place at 10:21 a.m., according to scientific estimates.

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