Don't Have Solar Eclipse Glasses? Use This Trick Instead

The space station crossed the path of the eclipse three times

The space station crossed the path of the eclipse three times

Monday's eclipse, in particular, will be the first total solar eclipse visible from North America since 1979, and the first one to travel from coast to coast since 1918.

Just after 9 a.m. PDT, a solar eclipse will make its way across the continental US, from OR to SC.

This is the first eclipse to pass over the United States in the 21st century.

The next partial solar eclipse, after the one that North America will see on August 21, will occur on February 15, 2018, over parts of South America and Antartica.

Partial eclipses occur about twice a year somewhere in the world. ─ AFP A view of the solar eclipse at the Solar Temples at Big Summit Prairie ranch in Oregon's Ochoco National Forest.

A different kind of eclipse - called an annular eclipse, or "Ring of Fire" eclipse - did cross the United States from coast to coast in 1994.

Because the Moon was near its farthest point from Earth at that time in its orbit, it blocked about 94 percent of the Sun's light.

Despite the picturesque qualities of the eclipse, remember that looking directly at the Sun can cause damage to eyes.

A partial eclipse occurs when the moon passes nearly directly between the sun and the Earth. A dark blotch appears near the curve of the Earth where the moon cast its umbra. In Greenville, the moon began covering the sun shortly after 1 p.m. and reached its moment of complete obscuration for about two minutes at 2:38 p.m.

The total eclipse happens when the moon fully blocks light from the sun will be visible from a 113-kilometer path that carves through 14 U.S. states.

12 p.m. EDT - Eclipse Preview Show, hosted from Charleston, South Carolina.

While trees regularly project the image of the sun onto the ground, it's harder to notice this when the eclipse isn't taking place since all of the tiny images of perfectly rounded suns blend together, according to researchers from the University of IL.

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