Best places to watch the 2017 total solar eclipse

On August 21 a total solar eclipse will pass through the United States for the first time in almost 40 years, according to NASA. When the Earth, moon and sun line up just right, the moon blocks the sun's entire surface, creating the total eclipse.

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse - known as its totality - when the moon is blocking the sun's face. The last time the US saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

Cantore and Abrams will anchor live coverage of the eclipse as it crosses the country over the course of the day. But not all states will be able to feast their eyes on the full eclipse.

You can join the party on August 21 from 1 to 3 the Palmyra Cove Nature Park Environmental Discovery Center, Route 73, for the opportunity to view one of nature's most stunning displays. The library has three events planned, at which each person will receive one pair of free glasses.

21, the "Great American Eclipse", named for its predicted pathway west to east across the United States, will be somewhat visible from all parts of the country. NebraskaOn eclipse day, put on your special glasses and view the big show from the Lincoln Saltdogs baseball stadium, which is hosting an eclipse-themed game. Tennessee Nashville hasn't had a total solar eclipse since July 29, 1478.

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In Casper, Wyoming, the eclipse starts at 10:22 a.m. MDT and totality begins at 11:42 a.m. MDT, lasting for a little under 2 1/2 minutes. All these methods are unsafe for looking at an eclipse. The Tallulah Gorge State Park will host a solar eclipse festival from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug 21.

"Be prepared for prolonged travel times and heavy traffic" is what OR officials advise.

NASA recommends only purchasing glasses that have an ISO icon and reference ISO 12312-2. There will be other eclipses before this time, but none going from coast to coast.

Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer - the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye (s), causing serious injury.

Ordinary sunglasses - even very dark ones - should not be used as a replacement for eclipse viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers. "It's one of the most remarkable, most spectacular naked-eye phenomenon that you can see".