But the eclipse will begin well before it's visible here. "It's not like going to a Canucks game or a Whitecaps match where you know just about how many people are going to be there because of the number of tickets sold and what time the event starts".
Eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers are affordable and can be purchased from many retailers.
When the moon is covering the sun, your pupils will have dilated to adjust to the darkness and let more light in.
On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will pass over North America, the first time one has crossed completely over the continent since 1979. However, only a small 70 mile wide sliver from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina will experience a remarkable total eclipse. The eclipse will end in Great Falls at 12:57 p.m.
You should never assume that you can look away quickly enough to avoid eye damage because every person is different in terms of their retinal sensitivity, and you do not want to risk being the one who damages their eyes just to try to look at the sun. Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse puts you at risk of temporarily or permanently damaging your vision, primarily due to retinal burns.
But doctors warn: if you don't have eye protection, you can really get hurt. Listen to a naturalist presentation on the lore behind eclipse events.
Examine your solar filters or eclipse glasses before using them.
Hopefully you're a fan of road-tripping, as flights to Nashville from Pittsburgh are around $400 or more to get there in time for the eclipse.
And now, people in Yolo County can join the county library staff for two special solar eclipse viewing events. The closer you are to this path of total eclipse, the bigger the partial eclipse you will see. The Bravas and Ragin' Cajun food trucks also will be parked nearby so people can enjoy food while they watch.
If you ask Brandon Lawton, an outreach astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, we are lucky to live on a planet where such dramatic eclipses are possible at all, though. Wearing ordinary sunglasses (or even multiple pairs) will not provide adequate eye protection.
You surely know, after heaps of warnings, not to watch the August 21 solar eclipse without heavily filtered glasses. A stamp inside the glasses will read "ISO".
Always supervise children using solar filters. Do not remove them while looking at the sun.
The glasses are to be used during the whole eclipse except during the brief period of totality when the moon completely covers the sun.
"It is certainly unsafe to look at the sun with a naked eye and that's why it's important to get the correct glasses", Merlo says.
Do not watch the partial eclipse through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.