Sunglasses are not enough: Experts warn about eye damage during eclipse

Walter said the total eclipse will prove to be a once-in-a-life time event for many.

If your child's school is closing, I hope the letter encourages parents to watch it with their kids and explains how to do it safely.

On Monday August 21, 2017 North America will experience a total solar eclipse.

I gave Monica a call the other day to see what she remembered, and she was all over it. She also said many other viewing events are sold out.

"Even very dark ones are not safe for looking directly at the sun; they transmit many thousands of times too much sunlight", AAS says. I remembered how fun it was to have her in the vehicle with me, just talking about ordinary things.

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

Most of the members of the group are fanning out along a a thin swath that stretches from OR to SC, called the "Path of Totality".

It'll also be a while before the next solar eclipse - it's slated for April 8, 2024.

Some of the places AAS recommends to shop online are EclipseGlasses.com, Celestron, Explore Scientific and Meade Instruments.

So what's the big deal about the path of totality?

Ketchum and Sun Valley are hosting a joint solar eclipse viewing party on Festival Field on Sun Valley Road, in addition to artist studio tours, "lit" walks sponsored by the local library and other events throughout the week. And if you're in an area with 100% totality, you still need proper glasses to watch the process of the moon covering the sun and then leaving (a process that takes a couple of hours or more).

The white paper, entitled A Wide-Area Perspective on the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, also recommends that all utilities perform studies on the eclipse's impact on the output of their solar photovoltaic resources.

Never will a total solar eclipse be so heavily viewed and studied - or celebrated. Linn, Benton, Marion and Polk counties will see a total eclipse.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says about 200 million people live within a day's drive of the total eclipse path, and as people drive south to get to the totality zone, Indiana's roadways will get congested.

Cheyenne, Wyoming (183% increase) - Wyoming's capital city, considered America's rodeo and railroad capital, is a great place to base yourself for a few days, either for some eclipse viewing or simply to check out a historic corner of the country. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park (walkway near the parking structure); Sat. & Sun., Aug. 19-20, 11 a.m. -3:30 p.m.; eclipse viewing, Mon., Aug. 21, 9 a.m. -11:45 a.m.; free.

For those who can't attend the programs, but would still like to view the eclipse, special glasses may be purchased at the Nature Realm gift shop.

My plan is to go out with some friends for a long lunch at a restaurant with an outdoor patio.

In Missouri, where officials are preparing for as many as 1.2 million eclipse-watchers, the transportation agency is coordinating with the highway patrol, which will monitor the capacity of state rest areas and welcome centers, where hordes are expected to gather. You'd better have a hotel reservation, though. When you point the hole toward the sun during the eclipse, you'll be able to see the moon covering up the sun on the opposite side of the box, where the light shines through.

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