They say you can permanently injure your eyes - the American Astronomical Society has now put out a warning, we spoke to them via Skype. You'll have to hop in the auto and drive to SC for the best and closest view. It will have a path 160 miles wide and the time of totality will be more than 6 minutes at its peak. With the sun behind you, hold up the card and then project the image of the sun onto a piece of white poster board, or a white sheet on the ground, or even onto a wall.
Remember this: hope for no clouds! Even more wonderful is that Carbondale will again be the place to see the maximum eclipse.
The only safe time to look at an eclipse without eye protection is when the moon completely blocks out the sun's rays, which won't happen in MI. Sunglasses, smoked glasses and other filters still will allow harmful radiation to reach your eyes. The eclipse will be visible in Fayetteville beginning at around 11:43 a.m. until a little after 2:41 p.m. SC will experience the final moments of total darkness at 2.49pm Eastern time. If you are not able to make it to the narrow band of totality; don't worry, as you will still be able to view a partial solar eclipse throughout the entire United States.
The moon moves in an orbit around the Earth, which in itself orbits the sun.
There are also several live feeds online where you can watch the eclipse from the comfort of your home.
Here in Tennessee, 35 counties are set to experience the eclipse in its totality, and for many of those counties, businesses are preparing for a massive influx of visitors.
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For more information on the programs available at the Carnegie Science Center on August 21 for the eclipse, visit their website. This is the first time in 100 years that a total eclipse has crossed the span of the continent.
Either way, to witness the total or partial eclipse, people will need special glasses-or use indirect techniques-to view the phenomenon.
The first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century happens the morning of August 21.
The celestial event will plummet part of the US into total darkness, and during that time, anything can happen.
The states where the Great American Eclipsewill be seen in totality include Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and SC. Much of the time, solar eclipses happen on the other side of the globe. Although most solar damage to the eyes can't be treated, damage to blood vessels may be treatable, Batra said. Eyes on the Eclipse can be used on any web browser, or by downloading the app to your computer or mobile device.