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Path of solar eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017: What will you see from your ZIP code?

During a solar eclipse, the moon maneuvers between Earth and the sun, throwing a band of shadow, the umbra, onto Earth's surface.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon blocks any part of the sun.

For Bladen County residents wanting to view the total eclipse, several state or national parks are located in SC within the path. The last time a total solar eclipse occurred was in June of 1918. "If we can measure contact times accurately, everything else being the same, the only thing that can change is the solar radius". "So we have the chance, perhaps, for a whole generation of kids to be inspired by this physical, astronomical event that is not necessarily happening in a video game, but that is happening in the real world around them".

A total solar eclipse is often a once-in-a-lifetime event. Some of the eclipse will be visible from 1:17 p.m.to 4:01 p.m.

"Solar eclipses themselves are not rare, but the chance of having one pass over where you live is really special", said Porter.

Lattis said the partial eclipse won't be as dramatic as the "day into night" total eclipse of the sun, but will be pretty cool to watch. He says eye protection is needed to view an eclipse to prevent permanent eye damage. One way is to make a pinhole projector or you can purchase a pair of solar eclipse glasses.

While researchers would ordinarily use the radius of the sun to compute exactly when the moon will cover and uncover the sun for a given location, called contact times, the opposite strategy is required here, Quaglia told Space.com.

Check out the list of other eclipses visible from Anchorage here.

The rest of the continental United States will witness a partial solar eclipse. Allen will also give a public talk on the eclipse at 7:15 p.m. Aug 2 during the LCAAS meeting at the planetarium.

South Carolina Total Eclipse Weekend, August 18-21, Columbia This capital city will host more than 100 festivals and events for the thousands of locals and people expected to travel here to view the eclipse.

The planetarium will host a special public program, "A Total Solar Eclipse Experience", at 1 p.m. Saturday July 29, August 5 and August 12.

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