In this segment, which Mashable is debuting first online, meteorologist Mark Elliot goes through a simulation of experiencing the total solar eclipse on August 21 from the perspective of an observer on the ground.
NASA, the U.S. federal government branch for aeronautics and space administration, will be broadcasting the eclipse live starting at 12 p.m. local time from different locations outer space, balloons and from the ground.
According to Dr. Mike Morris, OD, a self-proclaimed eclipse chaser, Most people will never witness a total eclipse of the sun.
The Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit club is coordinating viewing events at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and in the food court area at Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta. On Monday, after the moon begins its coverage of the sun at around 9 a.m., Chico will eventually experience 85 percent of coverage at approximately 10:17 a.m. At 11:44 a.m., the moon will complete its journey across the sun.
Additionally, the Department of Physics will have a few solar telescopes on the Glenn Lawn to track the moon's path in front of the sun.
Astronomy club members - led by President Christian Clifton, Vice President Bianca Georgi and Secretary-Treasurer Denisse Delos Santos - will be on hand to answer questions, explain the rare event and offer safe viewing tips. "If you can get into the path of totality, it's totally worth it", Kihlstrom said.
Looking directly at a solar eclipse can cause retinal damage and various degrees of vision loss.
According to Nelson, the last time Chico experienced this much coverage was during the full solar eclipse on January 1, 1889.
To view the eclipse safely, Barger reminds people to avoid staring directly into the sun-even during the eclipse-and to use glasses specifically created to protect eyes from the sun's damaging rays. The University became a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2015.