Everything you need to know about the August 21 eclipse

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On Monday, August 21, the sun will disappear behind the moon and sky watchers in the eclipse’s path will witness a total solar eclipse. This phenomenon will mark the first total eclipse in the United States since 1979.  
Americans of all ages are expected to join by the millions to watch the sky grow dark in midday and then slowly brighten again.

What is an eclipse?

This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location.  For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. 

Who can see It? 

People in all the contiguous United States and all across North America will be able to see at least part of the eclipse. Portions of 14 states from Salem, Ore. to Charleston, SC are in the path of totality, the brief phase of the eclipse when the moon is totally blocking the sun. Our neighbors in Idaho and Wyoming will have a great opportunity to see the total eclipse. According to the Clark Planterium, the nearest totality point to Salt Lake City will occur in Driggs, Idaho. 

This particular event has been nicknamed the “Great American Eclipse“. The partial eclipse can be seen anywhere in North America and the path of totality spans from coast of coast of the United States. 


When can I see it? 

Date: Monday, August 21, 2017
Eclipse start time: 10:13 a.m. 
Maximum coverage in SLC: 11:33 a.m.
Eclipse end time: 12:59.

How can I see it? 

You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection.  Doing so could severely hurt your eyes.  However, there are ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing – which requires special solar filters like eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers.
These methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse.  NASA has shared some additional tips for eclipse viewing techniques and safety here
Utahns can get their own eclipse glasses locally through the Clark Planetarium store
Streaming video of the August 21 eclipse will be available via NASA at https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

Information from NASA.gov and Salt Lake County’s Clark Planetarium. 

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