Two NASA official eclipse viewing locations in Hampton Roads

The silver nose of this WB-57 jet contains a telescope

The silver nose of this WB-57 jet contains a telescope. NASA’s Johnson Space Center Norah Moran

As the moon obscures the sun on August 21, it will create a twilight experience across the U.S. This moment of up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds of darkness-otherwise known as the "Great American Eclipse"-won't be visible in any other country, and the eclipse's path of totality will cross 14 states".

The most anticipated celestial event the United States has waited to see for over a century will occur Monday Aug. 21.

OR will be treated to the total eclipse first at 9:05 a.m.

Apple already confirmed that the iPhone can take pictures of the upcoming solar eclipse no problemo, but that's not all there is to it, if you are planning on documenting this galactic event with your smartphone.

And the eclipse will end at 3:50pm, when the moon leaves the sun's edge.

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Eclipse enthusiast Dan McGlaun says the rare event is uniquely American.

With regard to humanity's fascination with solar eclipses, Stojkovic adds, "Our sun is directly related to all forms of life on Earth, so its disappearance, even for a few minutes, was historically associated with some dire predictions - like natural catastrophes, big wars, deaths of kings, etc".

Two local science organizations are offering help to people wondering how to observe the solar eclipse, which will impact all of the mainland United States on August 21.

The last total eclipse in the USA was in 1979.

If you are looking for a place to stay during the eclipse, be careful if you are booking through a site like Airbnb, VRBO, or Craigslist. The sun is vastly larger than our moon, but also vastly further away in just the right proportion that both our moon and the sun appear about half a degree on the sky.

"If they aren't using their proper eye protection or shield and they're trying to weld just closing their eyes or using their sunglasses, it's the same effect", Stephen Ellison said. However, not all meet the required ISO 12312-2 worldwide safety standards; make sure yours do. Lots of people will want to view the eclipse starting with the partial phase, so traffic might be heavier than you think. You will need special eclipse or solar viewers to look at the sun safely. It is notsafe to view the eclipse with regular sunglasses.

The library in Harker Heights also is holding an eclipse party on the back patio and will provide free glasses for the first 200 people.

Eclipse Safari offers the NASA live stream of the Eclipse and a Twitter feed with the latest eclipse related tweets.

The eclipse takes place during the new moon, and Young says he's often asked why eclipses don't happen every month.

Do not watch the partial eclipse through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

"If you're looking at the sun for any, even short period of time, you get what's called a solar burn inside the eye", said Dr. Adam Black, Owner of Couture Vision.

To avoid damaging your eyes, make sure you use ISO 12312-2 certified solar viewers.

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