APSU is holding several Total Solar Eclipse events

A map of the path of the eclipse

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun - thereby covering the sun.

We know the eclipse is coming in the afternoon of August 21, but if you're looking for a more precise time, visit this link to find a tool developed by Xavier Jubier at Eclipse2017.org.

It will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross coast-to-coast and the first to pass through any part of the Lower 48 states in 38 years.

Eclipse Fests, StarFests, SolarFests, SolFests, Darkening of the SunFests, MoonshadowFests, EclipseCons, Eclipse Encounters and Star Parties are planned along the long but narrow path of totality, where the moon completely blots out the sun.

"On August 21, a solar eclipse will obscure the sunlight needed to generate electricity at approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the United States", the EIA said.

"You'll actually be able to see ridges of the moon against the sun".

'In other words, the only place where humans can live in the solar system is also the only place where flawless solar eclipses occur and these eclipses are occurring at the one time when human observers can appreciate them, ' said Dr Hugh Ross, of Reason to Believe.

Ophthalmologists can not stress enough the importance of wearing approved eclipse viewing glasses.

Solar eclipses can only occur during a New Moon when the Moon moves between Earth and the Sun and the 3 celestial bodies form a straight line: Earth-Moon-Sun. Officials at the Kopernik Observatory say it may come closer to our area giving us a higher chance to view it within the totality. Don't remove it while looking at the sun.

"It's unbelievable to think that when the last solar eclipse crossed the United States coast-to-coast, an artist's painting or perhaps a photograph was the best way to share it. Thanks to Volvo, CNN and emerging technology, people can experience the eclipse as if they are there".

In New York City, where the moon will obstruct 71% of the sun, people will still experience magic.

It's just at this exact moment in time that the sun, moon and Earth are in such flawless alignment to create a total solar eclipse. The path of totality begins in Lincoln Beach, Oregon.

Only a handful of manufacturers make the certified glasses, including Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17. It is critical to wear safety glasses during the eclipse.

But you do not need a solar filter if you only take a photograph at the moment that the sun is blocked by the moon.

The parties feature live streaming of NASA's broadcast of the solar eclipse. There could be emergency vehicles caught in gridlock, porta-potty shortages and street lights turning on when the sky darkens mid-day. In this case, the total eclipse will last up to 2 minutes and 40-plus seconds in places.

As excitement about the total eclipse of 2017 continues build, Georgetown (S.C.) County's Hammock Coast is offering an idyllic setting and a wide variety of eco and historic venues to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime event.

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