On August 21, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina in a 70-mile wide swath, turning daylight to twilight. The Great American Total Solar Eclipse will move through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Start to finish will take about two hours, but the total solar eclipse lasts only about 2 minutes. The time of day you’ll experience the eclipse depends on where you are in the U.S.
A total solar eclipse is when the moon appears to completely cover the sun, and the sun’s corona is visible as jets and ribbons of light in the sky.
Areas outside of, but near to the path of totality, will experience a partial eclipse in which the moon appears to take a chunk out of the sun. The corona will not be visible during the partial eclipse.
It is dangerous to look directly a partial eclipse; it can cause severe eye damage or blindness (Keep in mind, if you’re in the totality zone, the eclipse moves, and you will get a partial eclipse before and after the total eclipse). You must wear protective glasses/goggles to view the eclipse!
Walmart has some cheapie eclipse glasses with cardboard frames (they’re in the optical department), but I wanted a set that would fit over my eyeglasses, so I ordered some from Amazon. Most of the glasses on Amazon come in multi-packs, but I found a set of two ($15.99 total) that I ordered for my husband and me. See them here: Eclipse glasses
Get all the details on the eclipse and find out how close you’ll be to it on Space.com.