Fake solar eclipse glasses flood market; NASA recommends 5 brands

Posted August 10, 2017

On Aug. 21, millions of people in the US will see day turn to night as a total solar eclipse passes over North America.

This is not about those people.

Dear Answer Man, my wife wants to drive to Nebraska to see the eclipse on August 21.

To see totality - the brief period when the moon completely hides the sun - a viewer has to be inside a 60- to 70-mile zone that crosses 14 states including Idaho and Wyoming, but not Utah.

"A total eclipse is such a rare occurrence, for many in the United States this will be the first time in their life they can see one", says CNN Senior Meteorologist Brandon Miller.

INDOT officials say increased traffic is expected on major IN roadways on the day of the eclipse.

We have good news! The last solar eclipse visible from the USA took place in 2012.

Find out if you live in the path of totality here.

While it's been 23 years since the last solar eclipse was visible in the area, those who can't take time off like I was able to won't have too long to wait for the next event. The generators will also be affected to a lesser extent throughout the entire eclipse, expected to last up to three hours.

Dr. Van Gelder explains that the lenses in your eyes act like a magnifying glass, one that is five times more powerful than a handheld magnifier.

Can't get to Homestead?

"You've got to see it while it's happening", Dague said.

Power prices in Germany's wholesale market surged then dipped for a short time as the first eclipse of the emerging solar age passed, briefly switching off thousands of panels that on the brightest days provide 40 percent of Germany's power. Solar eclipse glasses will be provided by Tidelands Health and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. But the national forest will be still be welcoming day trippers - just arrive early before all the parking spots are filled. But the eclipse will be viewable outside the stadium and throughout the city of Carbondale, where there will be a marketplace and music festival.

Your local public library In the days leading up to (and including) the day of the eclipse, County of L.A. and LAPL branches are hosting a slew of events, from lawn viewings to an astronomy workshop at the Malibu branch to a galaxy ring-making workshop at the Lancaster branch. But that eclipse will be north of the Georgetown area. Two buses will also run from Hampton Inn, Quality Inn and Baymont Inn & Suites to the intersection of Broad and Prince streets for drop off and pick up, then will ride around to East Bay Park for pick-up or drop off and then back to the hotels.

St. Joe has a lot planned for the eclipse. There have been several companies selling FAKE glasses, so double check to make sure they are safe. This is where day will appear to turn to night for about a minute and a half to two and a half minutes starting around 2:35 p.m. on August 21. Dead center is where sky gazers get the full treatment. The Tallulah Gorge canyon, which is two miles long and almost 1,000 feet deep, is also worth exploring.

The Great American Eclipse will drape itself over Frostburg, Md., and families can join in on the rare event at the Frostburg State University Multimedia Center and Planetarium.

Meets at Fern Dell and Black Oak drives, Los Feliz; Mon., Aug. 21, 9 a.m. -noon; free.