Colanders and Welding Masks? DIY Ways to View the Total Solar Eclipse

So I met my wife at a total eclipse in India.

For those who are along a slim, 150-mile thick band stretching from Salem, Charleston, S.C., the sky will darken and night will fall for roughly two minutes as the sun is completely blocked by the moon.

"We are giving away two per individual", McDonald said.

Eclipses occur during the new Moon phase of the Moon's cycle, when it passes between the Earth and the Sun.

Eclipse watchers are expected to head to areas like Jefferson and Franklin counties and points farther south that will experience a total solar eclipse for the longest period of time compared with other areas of the region.

On Monday, the eclipse will begin at 10:20 a.m. local time, peak at 11:30 a.m. and end around 12:50 p.m.

Although the specific states listed above may experience a brief phase of totality, during which the sun may be viewed safely with the naked eye, outside of this, failure to followproper observing methods for the eclipse may result in permanent eye damage and severe vision loss.

Hassle asks anyone looking up on Monday to use property safety equipment. Remember, it's not safe to look directly at the sun. "Don' try to stare right at it with your eyes", said Hassle.

Our retinas can handle indirect sunlight just fine and basically everything we see when we're outside - our homes, our spouses, our pets, our vehicles, the latest issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps - we're seeing because it's being indirectly lit by the Sun.

As of Friday, the forecast for Monday's total solar eclipse shows OR and Idaho as the most promising for clear sky views, while SC is the most likely to find the sun and moon blocked by clouds.

While West Virginia is not in the forecasted path for viewing a total eclipse when the moon blocks the sun Monday afternoon, the Mountain State will have a great view of a partial eclipse if the weather cooperates, said Tracey DeLaney, assistant professor of physics at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

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"They have to be certified sunglasses", Paul said.

"I'm hoping we sell out, but you never know", said Shadwick, whose only advertising was a craigslist posting. The event will include solar-themed snacks, music, and safe viewing of the eclipse. Viewers will be able to make and decorate their own pin-hole viewers. Kids will be able to read books about eclipses and art supplies will be available for anyone inspired by the eclipse. Additionally, the Red Sox minor league Single-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive, have moved their game to 1 p.m.

Vevay, Ind. - A viewing party will be held at the Switzerland County Public Library from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

  • Julie Sanders