Solar eclipse biggest test of renewable era

The Mayborn Science Theater at Central Texas College will have a showing of its new show, "Totality", about the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses at 11:30 a.m. Monday. If you happen to be within the wider shadow, called the penumbra, you see only a partial eclipse.

"If you are stuck under bad weather, watch one of the many eclipse webcasts available online and start planning ahead - either for the 2019 total eclipse in Chile or the 2024 total eclipse that crosses the U.S. from Texas to ME". This is important even if you are wearing eclipse glasses or holding a solar viewer at the same time. The sun will briefly disappear Monday, blocked as the moon passes between our vantage point and the star that warms and lights Earth. This technique is actually a lot cooler than it looks.

"Since the last time we saw a solar eclipse from USA soil, the amount of cars on our roads has multiplied by 50 times, the demand for goods has grown, and highway users are more distracted than ever with new technology", said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc. It's better than nothing. As staring at the sun can damage your eyes, proper viewing glasses are strongly recommended in order to protect your eyes.

If you don't feel like going outside and waiting for the partial eclipse in MI, be sure to watch the live stream here on ClickOnDetroit. NASA is pulling out all of the stops with two live feeds of the solar eclipse, via NASA TV and NASA EDGE, across multiple popular streaming-video services.

Imagine you lived decades ago, long before information was readily available on a handheld device. The main show begins at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) and will cover the path of totality the eclipse will take across the United States, from OR to SC. It's time to pack your eclipse glasses, build your pinhole projectors, and check the traffic and weather forecasts as you make your final preparations for this once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event.

¯ It is typically never safe to look directly at the sun during the eclipse. On Aug. 21, guests will be able to sit in the Rocket Garden and watch the moon as it begins to cover the sun.

Stay close to home and watch it at the Museum of Flight, located at Boeing Field (9404 E. Marginal Way Tukwila; Exit 158 off I-5).

Our area will see nearly complete darkness at the peak of the eclipse but it will only last just over a minute. DO NOT try to look at the it through sunglasses or a bin liner or anything like that, as they don't provide strong enough UV protection. The August 21 eclipse is occurring after a gap of 99 years, the previous astronomical phenomenon was recorded way back in the United States in 1918.

If you can't get ahold of eclipse glasses all is not lost.

The Kentucky Derby Museum will offer an Eclipse Viewing Tour from one to 3 p.m. Guests will get to watch the big event from the Churchill Downs infield. That's because our eyes are not built to handle the intense radiation from the sun straight on.

There are concerns about which glasses are safe, following recalls of some glasses, including by Amazon. The last time we had this extensive of a total eclipse across the USA was in 1918, at the end of the First World War.

In the 2024 Eclipse Western Massachusetts will see 95 percent coverage of the sun, with a total eclipse in nearby northern New England. Transportation officials, including the folks with the Maryland Transportation Authority, and AAA Mid-Atlantic are offering this tips on how to avoid trouble if you're on the road during the eclipse.

Vanessa Coleman