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Watch the solar eclipse safely with WECT

Watch the solar eclipse safely with WECT

Many stores are running out of glasses for viewing the solar eclipse, but you can still view the eclipse safely. The greatest duration during the August 21 eclipse is 2 minutes, 40.2 seconds near Makanda, Illinois.

In Earth's history, there have been some 3 billion solar eclipses in the U.S. alone, though some were partial rather than total.

For those who love outdoor adventures and like to feel close to nature while exercising, the solar eclipse of 2017 can be an opportunity to escape the city.

The nearest location to Philadelphia to see a total eclipse is theoretically SC, but scattered thunderstorms and lots of cloud cover are likely to obscure the sun there.

In New Jersey, the eclipse will begin at 1:22 p.m., reach is maximum obscuration (about 75 percent of the sun will be covered) at 2:45 p.m. and come to an end around 4 p.m. But each location has different exact times.

The US Post Office will get in on the fun too. There will be total eclipses in 2026, 2027 and 2030.

No places in Colorado will have 100 percent of the sun concealed. That way you can experience this once (or twice) in a lifetime event without making it the last thing you ever see.

It will likely be very hard.

The Great American Eclipse will send 14 states across the country into complete darkness by covering up the sun.




In the path of totality, the sky will darken drastically.

Will the sky get dark in MS or will I notice any change in light?

What does "path of totality" mean?

This will be the first time since 1979 that a total eclipse has occurred over the United States. This map shows the path.

"To me that's another part of the eclipse experience, seeing how the environment is changing around you", Novacek said.

After that, you'll need to immediately put your glasses back on.

"There will be a lot of curious eyes watching the solar eclipse", he says.

Should I be anxious about the eclipse?

Experts caution that, in addition to adults, children should be supervised children to make sure they are wearing proper eclipse viewing glasses properly.