Project Your Eyes During a Solar Eclipse

From our area, the moon will first start to cover the sun at 1 p.m.

A solar eclipse occurs when the earth, new moon, and sun align and the moon's shadow "touches" the earth. Yes, the next solar eclipse to be visible from America is not expected to occur until 2024.

On Aug. 21, the United States will experience its first total solar eclipse since February 26, 1979. This is the first total eclipse over the lower 48 states since 1979.

Hopkinsville is the prime location for viewing the eclipse because it is the point where the moon's shadow hits the earth at the closest point to the center of the earth.

During that short moment the sun is blocked, not only will darkness fall upon the Earth, but the air will drop in temperature, and brighter stars and planets will be visible. Yet here's something that you may not have thought of: How will a total or even a partial solar eclipse affect homes and workplaces that use solar power? Many stores are now selling glasses they say are eclipse glasses. The new NASA app, "Eyes on the Eclipse", simulates what the sun will look like as it passes through the sky on August 21. For more information, check out SciFri's Great American Eclipse spotlight.

Earlybirds who plan on watching a piece of sun go missing should keep in mind to be safe. Use proper eye protection for safe viewing!

A spokesperson from Amazon says there's still a wide selection of glasses available. Hence, people travel to see a total solar eclipse and eclipse day will see many Americans on the road - adjusting their plans as some places have a cloudy forecast perhaps while others appear more promising. The eclipse will end at 3:50 p.m. Wherever it's night time on the said date, you can see the lunar eclipse.

Another way to view the partial eclipse is the hand method. But only welders glass of at least Shade 12 is safe to use.

Inspect your glasses beforehand.

Books-A-Million and Toys R Us in Knoxville, along with Lowe's in Harriman say they may get more in next week.

The best of the apps are the Smithsonian's Eclipse 2017 and Eclipse Safari, which offer science history, and best practices for why you need to wear your solar glasses during the time of totality, respectively.

They are also metal coated on one side, whereas fake glasses are black on both sides.

To remove your glasses, turn away from the sun. Also, always avoid looking at the sun through an unfiltered camera, smartphone, telescope, or any other optical device.