Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Stunning Photo Shows Total Solar Eclipse's March Across Oregon Sky

Stunning Photo Shows Total Solar Eclipse's March Across Oregon Sky

The eclipse will cross the continental United States, from OR to SC, over a span of nearly two hours. In 14 other states across the country, people were able to experience full totality and watch the sky go dark for a brief period of time in the middle of the afternoon.

No, you shouldn't. Whether partial or total, an eclipse is a rare opportunity to see our world looking decidedly different than it normally does.

This rare alignment, in which only the sun's corona is visible, hasn't been seen across the continental USA since 1918, and a record number of people are flocking to states where they can see totality.

A total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth once every year or two. What is an eclipse? The eclipse enters the USA from Lincoln City, Oregon, at 9.05am (EST) as a partial solar eclipse, becoming a total eclipse at 10.16am (EST), and will leave United States shores at at 2.44pm (EST) near Columbia, South Carolina.

NASA Solar Eclipse Educator Charles Fulco visited TIME for Kids earlier this month to explain how to create a solar viewer with a few household materials.

Despite the cloudy weather the students of Port St. Joe High School were enthusiastic and thankful they got to experience the solar eclipse.

You don't actually need special glasses to view the eclipse, you just need them to look directly at the sun. There will be four more solar eclipses over the next seven years, including one on April 8, 2024 with totality in states from Texas to NY.

Scotland, MD- The Great American Solar Eclipse 2017 has come and gone. There's the beginning, when the moon starts to block the sun, followed by the maximum eclipse, when the moon is covering the largest area of the sun that it will block during that particular eclipse.

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

Then, the partial eclipse resumes as the Moon moves out of the Sun's way.

Dozens were gathered at Point Lookout State Park to get a glimpse of the eclipse-which reached 80 percent totality in Southern Maryland.

Understanding more about how the Sun works, and how solar flares emerge, can help protect astronauts in space as well as electrical grids on Earth. So, put your glasses on, or wait until the sun is completely eclipsed before looking up.

The light from the Sun can burn the retina, leading to permanent or long-term damage and blind spots in one's center of vision.

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