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Monday, Aug. 21 will mark the beginning of the new academic year, but it will also mark the day of quite possibly the biggest astronomical event in nearly 100 years: a total solar eclipse across the United States.

Another solar eclipse will pass through the United States, from Mexico and to Texas and Arkansas, through the Northeast and Canada, on April 8, 2024. Almost every hotel room in the eclipse path is booked, which is expected to contribute to heavy - and possibly distracted - traffic on Interstate 5 and other highways throughout the morning. Educators will also guide families in the creation of their own pinhole viewer, a safe way to view the eclipse for those unable to purchase eclipse glasses.

As always, safety comes first when viewing an eclipse.

Visitors to The Children Museum in West Hartford will be able to view the partial solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, through a specially-equipped telescope. "Even if the sun is 99 percent covered, you still need to wear glasses because that 1 percent is still enough to do irreparable damage to your eyes". Many did have solar eclipse glasses to sell but they have since sold out.

Weather-permitting, a partial solar eclipse will be visible on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, as seen from CT.

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. "So that means that ... most of the time, the moon is above or below the sun in the sky, and so it doesn't cover it up".

The reason that full solar eclipses are so rare is that, most of the time, the Moon's shadow is cast either above or below Earth.

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But, by far, the most popular way is to wear solar eclipse glasses, which block out the harmful light from the sun, as well as nearly all other light.

There are many kinds of solar eclipses.

But other sections of the nation - including Yolo County - while not directly under the sun-moon combo, will be able to view a partial eclipse.

An eclipse does not happen often.

"The moon and the sun never go directly like near each other". The event is free to those who pre-registered.

The path of totality (where the sun is completely obscured) entered just above Portland, Ore.; passed through Denver, Colo. before exiting off the east coast of Central Florida. The direct course of the eclipse slashes across the United States, beginning in OR and ending in SC. Some 90 minutes later, it will have made its way through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee and SC.

21, a total solar eclipse is going to interrupt your afternoon.

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