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Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Total Solar Eclipse Casts Spotlight on Rural Oregon Town

Total Solar Eclipse Casts Spotlight on Rural Oregon Town

So here's your guide on to safely watch the total solar eclipse!

Even the "diamond ring" parts of a solar eclipse, when there is the tiniest sliver of the Sun showing on either side of the Moon, are too risky to view without protection.

Although it peaks as only a partial eclipse for locations across Canada, for many, travelling to the path of totality should be only a short 1 or 2 day trip.

While lucky skywatchers located along a narrow corridor running from OR to SC will witness the dramatic total eclipse, everyone across the country will have an opportunity to see, with proper eye protection, at least a partial eclipse.

In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was almost 40 years ago.

The next time a solar eclipse will be visible in the USA will be in April of 2024.

A solar eclipse occurs when the orbits of the moon and the sun align in a way that the moon blocks any part of the sun. For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the U.S., August 21, 2017.

In other words, the August 21, 2017, event is astoundingly rare.

The states that the path of totality with travel through are Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and SC. Rogerson says this one is special because it's "the first time in 100 years that a solar eclipse track has gone all the way from the west coast of the United States to the east coast".

Many researchers and citizen scientists will take advantage of this unique opportunity to study our sun, solar system, and Earth under rare circumstances. "We're very pleased to be able to provide access to eclipse viewing to those who might otherwise miss out, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors". Folks outside the path of totality will get to see a partial eclipse.

Thanks to social media and the internet, there are plenty of ways to see the eclipse, and millions of people will be able to experience it firsthand. By watching the projection of the eclipse (with your back to the Sun), this is a safe way to view the event without eye protection.

You can buy special solar eclipse glasses around town. For the USA, the next total solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024.

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