Wear solar specs or make a viewer to safely watch eclipse

NASA is live streaming footage from the path of totality across the United States

NASA is live streaming footage from the path of totality across the United States

On Monday the moon will align between the sun and earth, casting a 70-mile wide shadow from OR to SC.

The Moon's umbra shadow, commonly referred to as the "path of totality", will span 70 miles wide from OR to SC.

Here in Acadiana the partial solar eclipse will begin just a few minutes before noon and end around 3:00 p.m.

"The Great American Eclipse": David Muir, Rob Marciano, Ginger Zee and ABC News correspondents report from locations across the U.S. Marciano, a former KATU-TV meteorologist, will be located in Lincoln City. "Part of sun will be blocked".

But what if you can't get outdoors to watch the solar eclipse?

"The only safe way to look at the eclipse with the naked eye is during totality", said Lincolnview middle school science teacher Susan Tenhundfeld.

Even in the path of totality, the moon will only block the sun for a couple of minutes in each location. She said glasses will be distributed outside the building, with a limit of four pairs per family. "I made a decision to come down and spend a few days here". While sunglasses only block about 50% of the sun's rays, solar filter glasses block more than 99.99%. You should be able to see an image of the partial eclipse on the blank sheet with absolutely no danger.

"It's called being clouded-out", said Beatty, who has had three of eclipse chases disrupted by the weather: 1991 in Hawaii, 2004 in South Africa and 2013 in Kenya.

"However, if owners are concerned for their pets' safety, the only way to guarantee their eyes won't be damaged by the sun is to keep them indoors", Warren said.

Preston Wilson, 20, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, said he's never seen an eclipse before.

'Seeing a total eclipse - the beauty of it, the awe of it, the humbling of it - seeing how tiny we are, it really puts a lot of things into perspective, ' Espenak said.

And don't drive in your eclipse glasses or try to take pictures with your hands on the wheel. Look for this number on the glasses to ensure they are certified. After multiple failed attempts, they found the glasses in an unlikely place - the farmers market in Coxsackie. They advised people to get special eclipse glasses. Make sure you deal directly with a bus or limo company to avoid scammers using a legitimate business as a front. The retina actually doesn't sense pain. However this eclipse on Monday will be different as it will pass through just the United States before ending somewhere out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Reference the "Where Can You See It?" section ofthis page for the time to view the eclipse. The light intensity will be hundreds of times greater than if you looked at the sun directly.

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