Unsafe eclipse glasses are flooding market

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The eclipse, which is the first total eclipse in the Lower 48 since 1979, will take place starting at 1:19 p.m. August 21 and will last two hours and 38 minutes.

Millions are expected to travel to cities and states in the path of eclipse totality, where locals are bracing for the onslaught, according to news accounts.

"It's going to traverse the entire pass of the United States", Kopernik Observatory Executive Director Drew Deskur said. The path of totality spans the United States, starting in OR and moving eastward to SC over the course of approximately 90 minutes.

An eclipse website, called Mr Eclipse, says that the most specular moment of the eclipse is the totality when the moon obscures the sun.

SolQuest is taking place just 1.2 miles away from where NASA has pinpointed the best place to experience the upcoming total solar eclipse.

Interestingly, utilities will have to be cautious because as soon as the sun returns from behind Earth's shadow, solar panels will begin to add power into the system immediately, which could overload the system if there are too many sources at the same time.

Glasses viewed to use the eclipse should be free of scratches, and binoculars, telescopes, and cameras should not be used to look at the sun.

"There are ways to observe it with the safety-rated glasses, but (the in the direct path of the eclipse) the effect will be more dynamic", he said.

If the lenses are scratched or wrinkled, do not use them because they are no longer safe for viewing the eclipse. How to know which solar eclipse glasses are safe.

A total solar eclipse hasn't crossed the U.S. since 1918, and it won't happen again until 2045.

"It's fantastic 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".

The day will be memorable, and people will want to share the experience with other individuals. "The path of totality crossed the southeastern United States of America and included portions of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Nantucket".

"It's a good project for kids to make their own and an ideal option in the absence of eclipse glasses", Lattis said.

Meanwhile, H.R. Ministries in Princeton, Kentucky is preparing to host a three day festival called SolQuest for the goal of evangelizing to the people who are expected to converge on the small town to view the eclipse.

The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the continental USA was about 40 years ago, on February 26, 1979. There could be emergency vehicles caught in gridlock, porta-potty shortages and street lights turning on when the sky darkens mid-day.

Counterfeit eclipse glasses are flooding the market, according to the American Astronomical Society.

Just to make it clear, lighter dots mean less cloud formations and darker dots mean higher chance of cloud formations.

Throughout the month of August, the Abingdon and Whiteford libraries will offer Story Walk: Eclipse, which encourages families to take a walk around the library while reading a story about the solar eclipse.

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