Last minute info you need to know — ECLIPSE COUNTDOWN

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It also will include live reports from Charleston, as well as from Salem, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Beatrice, Nebraska; Jefferson City, Missouri; Carbondale, Illinois; Hopkinsville, Kentucky; and Clarksville, Tennessee.

It has been named the Great American Eclipse because it can only be seen in the US.

An "eclipse", however, is when a celestial body obscures or blocks the passage of light between an observer and the original source of light.

Millions of people have bought a pair of eclipse viewing glasses.

This event has received a lot of publicity, so you may be planning to attend a viewing party or otherwise catch a glimpse of this historic event. Totality will end at 10:21 a.m.; the eclipse will end at 11:41 a.m.

While she has travelled east, Tom and Deirdre Duigan flew thousands of miles from Ireland. There will be a total eclipse in 14 states across the United States with more than two minutes of darkness descending in the middle of the day over the course of 100 minutes.

In ancient times, people used to believe that solar eclipses were messages from the gods.

Anyone within the "path of totality" can see a total solar eclipse. Where will you be? If it's scratched or damaged, discard it. Also read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter and always supervise children using solar filters. According to NASA, the rays emitted from the sun even when partially obscured are dangerous to the eyes and can cause severe damage to the retina. There's something about the light that's a bit surreal: dimmed as if by a sunset, but without the orange cast and coming from overhead.

Look at the shadows around you. Teachers are very excited to incorporate this into their science lessons.

If you aren't one of the lucky few to get your hands on the glasses there are other techniques you can try to be able to view the eclipse. Cloud cover prevented her seeing a total eclipse on her home island in 1992. Do not drive or park on dry grass - it's a fire danger.

In this instance, we are better off imagining the earth and moon as square dancing partners. Parents and teachers wanted to know how we were handling it, what kids were going to do, what was our "plan?"

Yes, but it will be indirect.

Never look at the eclipse through an unfiltered telescope or binoculars. And "solar" comes from the Latin word solaris, which means "sun". I found an astronomer who says the totality is total B.S. So the science is unsettled. On the 17th and 18th teachers across our district have taught students about the eclipse. "They work just like a pinhole camera and project a shadow image of the eclipse", Ms. Baker said.

ECLIPSE SAFETY: Information on what's safe and what isn't and links to other excellent eclipse safety resources.

The Estes Valley Library learned this week that the recall affected about two dozen solar glasses distributed at its August 2 "Solar Eclipse Spectacular" event.

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