Those viewing from the Treasure Valley need to keep eclipse glasses on during the entire duration of the event, but those in the path of totality have a small window of time when they can safely remove their glasses.
Where is it and when?
While it's felt like Mercury has been in retrograde all year, a legit astronomical phenomenon will occur on August 21.
Time: Viewing starts at 2 p.m.
The total solar eclipse in my universe will be eclipsed by my wife's birthday on August 21. On August 21, the natural phenomenon will move diagonally across the United States from OR to SC, momentarily darkening the skies. The best places to watch will be in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and SC.
However, looking into the sun or the eclipse is very risky, and will damage young eyes in just seconds. Other early suggestions for safe eclipse-viewing included watching the reflection in a bucket of water or oil in a place "where it may not be agitated by the wind" (notably more effective than smoked glass). Sorry, kids - the New York Hall of Science's After Dark Field Trip: Solar Eclipse Prep is only for those 21 and older. "That's why we tell you not to stare at the sun".
When the moon completely blocks the sun's bright face for 2 or 3 minutes during the total eclipse, the otherwise hidden solar corona - the sun's outer atmosphere - will become visible.
Although the Sun is much bigger than the Moon, it is also much further away. "That is why this an awesome event".
"The solar eclipse is such a rare and special event", Hill said.
Make sure that if you plan on viewing the solar eclipse, you buy the proper eclipse glasses.
The total solar eclipse that will be visible in parts of the U.S. on August 21 is the most anticipated event of the summer. In the Quad-Cities, weather permitting, a partial eclipse will occur, with the moon covering a good part of the sun.
How is the United States preparing? I've seen people after the end of a total eclipse with tears running down their face - tears - tears of joy and tears of being overcome with the event. The planetarium will also host programs throughout the day.
He cautions that it is not OK to look at the sun through a telescope or binoculars while wearing eclipse glasses, because those kinds of optical devices need their own special filters.
On his website, Espenak gives detailed tips for using a DSLR camera to photograph the eclipse.
NASA has a cheat sheet on taking images of the eclipse with your smartphone.
Another team will "chase" the eclipse using an aircraft. Only the very edges of the sun are visible and the skies at midday will grow dark for a few minutes.