Why the US total solar eclipse is so special

The Best Time to View the Solar Eclipse in Your Neighborhood

Here in central Colorado, we are just outside the path of totality, meaning the sun won't be fully covered by the moon. We've put together this guide with answers.

On Monday all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. This will be the first eclipse to cross the entire continental United States in nearly a century.

This is the first solar eclipse to cross from coast to coast since 1918.

If you're lucky enough to live in the "path of totality", you'll experience the full darkness of the moon entirely blocking the sun, but even if you aren't, you can still pick up some solar eclipse glasses to check out this celestial wonder.

And remember - after day turns into night we could be in for a nightmare when it comes to traffic following the eclipse. In Clemson, the total solar eclipse will begin at 1:07 p.m. and end at 4:02 p.m. But each location has different exact times. Partial solar eclipses take place every 18 months but only last a few minutes. Get specific times here. You'll also be able to see Sirius, Rigel and Capella, and in totality you'll be able to see three planets - Venus, Mars and Mercury. They are made to filter out 99 percent of visible light, as well as harmful infrared and ultraviolet rays from the sun. They're blocking out a much, much, much higher percentage of light than your sunglasses are gonna block out.

Where are the closest places to Denver that will see the total eclipse?

So Monday's eclipse is a big deal.

A neat tool on nasa.gov called "NASA's eyes" lets you pinpoint anywhere in the world and then shows you what you can expect to see for the eclipse Monday. When the eclipse is peaking locally, it will get very dark outside if it is cloudy.

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-Never look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other similar devices.

What does "path of totality" mean?

Yes. The glasses protect your eyes and need to be certified.

"But it can also damage your eyes, so we are urging people to use extreme caution and only look at a solar eclipse if you have eyewear with a special solar filter". How do I look at it safely? Eclipse glasses are in limited supply at both libraries and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Take a look at these instructions. As of Thursday, the weather's impact on Morganton during eclipse was up in the air.

It's possible there could be cloud cover in some areas.

And parents beware: Eye doctors urge strict adult supervision for eclipse watchers under 16 years old.

The Prescott Valley Public Library and the Prescott Astronomy Club will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Celebration at the Civic Center Amphitheater from 9 a.m.to noon.

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