Partial Lunar Eclipse: A Prequel to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Before the big event, Cosmic Mike and NASA Solar System ambassador Axel Diaz will share more about the eclipse at a free talk at 6:30 p.m., August 2 at The Candy Factory, 342 N. Queen St., Lancaster.

Most eclipse viewers are priced at around $2 or $3. But that's likely a concern over how to handle the estimated one million visitors who will be flocking to the state to watch, not as an omen of impending doom. Sun glasses will not protect you.

Thirty counties in SC, including Edgefield, are within the path of totality.

The moon's shadow has two parts, the umbra and the penumbra.

"I did not know there was going to be a total solar eclipse, I just learned about it five minutes ago and I'm pretty excited now", said Luke Mouton, a student at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

If you're in the path of totality - the 70-mile wide path from OR to SC where the moon completely blocks the sun - you can safely look at the sun during that brief period of time. During the eclipse, trees will create myriad, shimmering images of the sun in eclipse. So now is the time to prepare for what we'll see here and how to make the most of this extraordinary experience.

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From Chicago, you will be able to see a partial eclipse, but if you're interested in watching the total eclipse, you'll have to go to one of the spots in the path of totality - the closest of which is in the Carbondale area.

This 65- to 70-mile wide corridor stretches from Waldport to Pacific City, centered around Depoe Bay, and will pass east through Salem Madras and Baker City. The process will end shortly after 4 p.m. Be aware that in the path of totality there will be huge traffic jams and lots of other things associated with large gatherings of people.

The shadow will exit the state at 11:48 a.m. In addition, guests will have an opportunity to learn about the sun, space, what makes an eclipse and how to view it safely. To see a total eclipse, where the moon fully covers the sun for a short few minutes, you must be in the path of totality. If you want to do it on the cheap with an extra pair of eclipse glasses: once you get the sun in the frame, tap the screen on the sun to focus as much as you possibly can.

In Newnan, about 95 percent of the sun will be covered at mid-eclipse.

-The sky might get darker, but people in this region will not experience the twilight effect that occurs during a total solar eclipse, according to Central Connecticut State University astronomy professor Kristine Larsen. There are relatively few cities, in 12 states from OR to SC, that will be in the narrow path of the total solar eclipse.

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