10 Things To Know About the Upcoming Solar Eclipse

Before watching the 2017 solar eclipse, read these 10 facts to prepare!

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n this handout image provided by National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and transmitted with the help of NICT and JAXA, the solar eclipse is seen on July 22, 2009 in Iwojima Island, Tokyo, Japan. The longest total eclipse of the sun of this century triggered tourist fever in Asia as astronomy enthusiasts from home and abroad flocked to watch the event The eclipse was visible from within a narrow corridor that begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. (Photo by National Astronomical Observatory of Japan via Getty Images)
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1.The total solar eclipse will be visible on Monday, Aug. 21.
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2. According to NASA, the total eclipse will begin at 10:16 a.m. PDT. It will then cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina over the course of an hour and a half.
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3. According to Southern Illinois University, the total eclipse will reach its point of greatest duration a few miles from Carbondale.
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4. The total eclipse will occur at 1:21 p.m. CST over Carbondale.
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5. NASA recommends taking precaution when viewing the eclipse by wearing special "eclipse glasses" or only glancing for brief time periods. However, the total phase (and only the total phase) of an eclipse can should be viewed without filters. It is important to understand when to take off and put on your glasses.
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6. The next total solar eclipse is not until 2024.
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7. According to SIU, the sun will be completely blocked during the total eclipse. It will be dark enough for street lights to turn on and the temperature to drop.
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8. The partial eclipse will be visible anywhere in North America. In order to see the total eclipse, the viewing location must to be in the path of the eclipse.
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9. NASA defines a solar eclipse as the occurrence of the moon blocking any part of the sun.
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10. The last total solar eclipse occurred in 1979.
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