Solar eclipse: what you need to know

Get your 'eclipse glasses' from the Boston Public Library

Get your 'eclipse glasses' from the Boston Public Library

That's when people in a 70-mile path from OR to SC will have the eerie midday experience of seeing the sun blotted out by the moon.

68 Percentage of the sun blocked by the moon in Syracuse during the eclipse. If you have the opportunity to go see the total eclipse, do it!

From everything I've read it is worth the trip to travel and see the total eclipse. As long as you're not driving a vehicle, lying on the road or any other road related activities, it's safe to see this eclipse without a glass.

"Because the earth is a sphere, the people in OR are going to experience a shorter eclipse because the moon's shadow has to travel just a bit further to touch the earth", Nelson said. Observers north or south of the path may witness a partial solar eclipse.

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The total solar eclipse, which is being called the "Great America Eclipse", is the first one visible on the continental United States since 1979, with the next one not coming until 2045.

In this handout image provided by National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the solar eclipse is seen on July 22, 2009 near Iwojima Island, Tokyo, Japan.

156 Number of minutes the partial solar eclipse will last in Syracuse. In Fenton, the eclipse will start at approximately 1 p.m., and peak viewing time will be at 2:26 p.m.

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As students return to school, a rare and handsome natural phenomenon will help kick off the school year.

Eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers are low-cost and can be purchased from many retailers.

The eclipse will begin at 1:21pm. Goggles, homemade filters, or sunglasses, even very dark ones, will not protect your eyes.

Free eclipse glasses are also being handed out for free at local libraries where supplies last.

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In fact, people are so excited, many stores around our area are completely sold out of eclipse glasses a week and a half ahead of time. Looking directly at the sun-even when it's partially covered-can cause serious eye damage. Also, be sure your binoculars or telescope are fitted with a solar filter or you can seriously damage your eyes. "Roughly every six months, they actually line up so that we get at least a partial solar eclipse", Young says.

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