The science behind a solar eclipse

Fourteen states - from OR to SC - lie in the "totality zone", a 70-mile-wide, 3,000-mile-long arc where the moon will appear to completely blot the sun.

To make the event special for CCC students, staff created plastic pinhole projectors in the shape of North Carolina.

Annular solar eclipse - this is when the moon is furthest from Earth.

That's what we'll be doing on Monday, as we chronicle a historic event for Northeastern Oregon, when an expected 50,000 visitors make their way to our region to experience the August 21 solar eclipse in the path of totality.

The next total solar eclipse to touch the US won't be for another seven years.

Approved safety-rated solar eclipse glasses bearing the NASA seal of approval is the best option, but, according to NASA, welding glasses shade 12 or higher will allow you to watch as well-as long as the lenses are in good shape.

With Lafayette Parish School System focusing on hands-on experiences for their science curriculum, teachers say this is a ideal way to get them involved.

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"I'm driving with my mom and son to Santee, S.C., to see the total eclipse", she said.

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-Turn your headlights on - do not rely on your automatic headlights when the eclipse blocks out the sun. "It's the same risk during a solar eclipse - and increased, because people may think they can look at the sun since the brightness is knocked down, but the remaining sun is still enough to cause damage".

The U.S. mainland has averaged about seven total solar eclipses per century since 2000 B.C. Some areas have seen as many as 25 eclipses, while others, such as spots west of Minneapolis, have seen only four in the last four millennia. "When there is a total eclipse and the moon's shadow covers the Earth, you can literally see the stars". And then you'll want to look at a reflection of the sun on a auto hood or something outside.

What is the difference between a partial and a total solar eclipse? .

"We live so close to this totality of a solar eclipse that there's no way I'd miss it", adds Buchanan.

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Keeping your eyes safe should be priority number one, as looking directly at the eclipse can cause eye damage. Also, because the eclipse takes place in the summer heat, be sure to wear sunscreen and bug repellant.

However, Thompson said not to use a regular backyard telescope to look at the eclipse.

Interstate 65 will also see increased traffic going to- and returning from- total eclipse vantage points that begin at Bowling Green, Ky., and extend beyond Nashville, Tenn.