Heavy traffic delays expected for solar eclipse

The path of totality for the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse is about 70 miles wide and stretches from OR to SC, passing also through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina.

Cardboard frames for solar eclipse glasses are stacked in the American Paper Optics factory in Bartlett, Tenn.

There are too many specific details that need to be just right for a total eclipse to happen for it to be anything other than by design, he said.

To safely view the epic solar eclipse that will cut a dramatic shadow across the United States on August 21, you'll need a special pair of ultra-dark sunglasses.

We will not have to wait another 99 years for the next eclipse.

If you're planning to travel to see the total solar eclipse, you likely have your hotel booked and a prime viewing spot staked out. Library Director Elaine Dunne-Thayer said they'll have a live NASA feed running all day, and will also have a laptop set up so visitors can explore the eclipse site.

The Moon will cover the Sun, causing a sudden drop in temperature and plunging the Earth into darkness.

However, most of the utility-scale solar in North Carolina and Georgia will be 90% or more effected, and the fleets in the two states comprises most of the 4 GW of solar that will be most affected. He recalled that eclipse as being a particularly attractive event that he watched from a beach.

In case you haven't heard, it's not safe to look directly at the sun.

In Missouri, the Grand Oaks Baptist Assembly will be hosting a "Wonders of Creation Solar Eclipse Family Retreat" on August 20-21.

Espenak tells us that on that date, a total eclipse - and its path of totality - will stretch across 13 states: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

According to the American Astronomical Society, "It now appears that some companies are printing the ISO logo and certification label on fake eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers made with materials that do not block enough light".

The key at all times, eclipse day or not, is to be aware and to not look at the sun unless you are sure that you have taken the proper steps to protect your eyes. Eclipse-viewing glasses are available for free at several locations around Atlanta. As Jennifer Moody reports in a story on today's front page, the potential eye damage caused from looking directly at the sun during any part of the eclipse could be permanent.

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