Millions Expected to See Solar Eclipse
Millions expected to see the solar eclipse today. Approximately 12 million people live along the 70-miles-wide path of the eclipse. Millions of others have traveled into the “zone” to get a better view of the spectacle which is the first of its kind in 99 years – since the total eclipse has gone all the way across the US.
Today some schools have closed in order for students and professors to participate in the event. Many people have scheduled their vacation in order to travel to a different area to get a better view. Many places have set up special viewing areas including football stadiums, parks, and so forth. If you are unable to participate in the event there will be many views available for you as 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons and the astronauts aboard the international Space Station will each offer a unique vantage point for the event with pictures to share.
BE SAFE: it is never safe to look directly at the sun’s rays. When watching a partial eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you intend to face the sun. If you do not have specific glasses you should use some type of alternate method. During today’s total eclipse it’s crucial that you must protect your eyes. Many people, through the years, have not protected their eyes during an eclipse. As a result they have often had their vision limited or they have suffered from blindness.
What can you expect during the eclipse? Over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states, beginning in Oregon, will experience about 2 1/2 minutes of darkness. During this time it will become dark and you will most likely be able to see stars and perhaps planets. In other areas, where there will be a partial eclipse – the area will not get dark, as if it is night. Still, the eclipse will be spectacular for everyone to safely observe.