Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

What to Know About the Solar Eclipse

What to Know About the Solar Eclipse

For observers in Edinburgh, the peak of the eclipse will be at 7.58pm and for those in Cardiff at 8.05pm. Don't miss a thing.

ECLIPSE CALENDAR: A list of the 80 additional solar eclipses that will occur in the US this century and the states in which they will be visible.

· The only time that you can look at the sun without a solar viewer is during a total eclipse.

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The best way is to travel to an area in the path of totality so you can see it in it's full glory. You can also use number 14 welder's glass, and you may have also seen the pinhole projector that lets you project the image of the Sun and the moon's shadow onto a screen.

PBS will feature commentary by astrophysicist Jason Kalirai from the Space Telescope Science Institute and others broadcasting from the path of totality in Irwin, Idaho.

No tickets are required for this Monday's show, just special eclipse glasses so you don't ruin your eyes.

· Always read and follow all directions that come with the solar filter or eclipse glasses. For most countries in Northwestern Europe, including the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal, the Sun will set before the eclipse has had time to finish. Check out NASA's guide for exact times on the eclipse's length if you're within the path of the totality. Check out NASA's interactive map to find out when exactly you'll be able to see the eclipse.

According to NASA, the eclipse will begin at 11:40 Northeast Texas and last until 2:40 p.m.

A free viewing session is being held at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Observatory at Telus World of Science in Edmonton from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Photographing either a total or partial eclipse can be a lot of fun, but you must protect both your eyes and your camera.

When is the solar eclipse?

They're smart enough to never look at the sun anyway!

"It will look like the Cookie Monster taking bites out of the sun."

Eye protection is very important for viewing the eclipse.

"Put the fat end up towards the sun and the little end down toward the paper and you can see the moon going across the sun", Stewart said.

However, Thompson said not to use a regular backyard telescope to look at the eclipse.

Thompson said there is a misconception that a person can watch the eclipse while looking through the hole in the pinhole device, but that is not safe.

On Monday, library staff will provide numbers to up to 50 guests beginning at 12:15 p.m.

"Go out on the Sunday before the eclipse, set up the camera", Blue Moon's Zeb Andrews advised. The rest of North America - weather-permitting - will view a partial eclipse.

Also, if you're on the road when the full eclipse happens, THP has been asking people not to pull off or stop on the road to take pictures.

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