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August 7 full moon precedes much-anticipated solar eclipse

Rabun County braces for massive eclipse crowds August 7 full moon precedes much-anticipated solar eclipse
Velma Reese | 09 August, 2017, 00:14

Get to know the basics of an eclipse before the big event.

On August 21, the Naperville area will see a deep partial eclipse, but not a total eclipse.

The path of totality for the August 21 eclipse in the southern United States.

The eclipse has what's called a "path of totality" where the moon casts its shadow onto the Earth, causing the sky to go dark.

For the first time in nearly 40 years the path of the moon's shadow passes through the continental United States.

Lunar Eclipse 2017: The rising moon is seen during a partial lunar eclipse behind the chimney stacks of an electric power station in Delimara, outside the village of Marsaxlokk, Malta. And because the Earth's shadow is considerably larger than the moon as seen from Earth, the eclipses last longer. Scientists will be able to take ground-based and airborne observations over a period of an hour and a half to complement the wealth of data and images provided by space assets.

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A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth is between the sun and the moon.

During the five thousand year period from 2000 BCE through 3000 CE, there are 7,718 eclipses of the Moon (partial and total). Clouds could always spoil the view, so eclipse watchers need to be ready to split for somewhere with clear skies, if necessary.

If you do plan on viewing the solar eclipse on the 21st, it's important to get a pair of eclipse glasses.

"Lunar eclipses are completely safe to view with the naked eye. Even with only 0.1% of the sun showing, the light from the sun is still 1000 times brighter than the full moon - that's too bright!" Then there's the frenzy-inducing total solar eclipse crossing the US on August 21 and treating the rest of the country to a partial solar eclipse. "The duration of the eclipse will be around 1 hour 55 minutes." he said.

And here's its projected path across our home state of SC ...

The space agency recommends only using eclipse glasses with ISO 12312-2 printed on them that have been printed by the four following companies: American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

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