What's the difference between a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse?

What's the difference between a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse?

What's the difference between a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse?

On August 21st a total solar eclipse will cross the country for the first time since 1918.

If you want to see the total solar eclipse, where the moon covers the sun entirely, you'll have to travel a couple of hours to the north.

In addition to the great views Casper is hosting events every day leading up to a free Eclipse-Day Festival.

The only safe way to look directly at the partially eclipsed sun is through glasses or a viewing device with special-purpose solar filters.

You don't need to be overly skeptical about solar eclipse glasses.

Viewing glasses are different than normal sunglasses and will protect eyes while watching the eclipse.

"When you get the glasses, make sure that when you're looking through them that everything is completely black".

Ultimately, it's disappointing for those who bought those glasses with the hope they could use them to watch the eclipse. "It's too unsafe; it will permanently damage your eye". Available as a single pair or in packs of two, the "Explore Scientific Sun Catcher" solar eclipse glasses are approved for viewing by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). "You can even use something like a slotted spoon with holes in it, or a colander you would use to drain pasta", she explained. Check out my blog on exactly how to do that on WJHL.com!

Even in Richmond, California, a solar farm there will be affected during the eclipse, with the moon obscuring 58 to 76 percent of solar rays. Although the sun is much wider than the moon, it is also farther away.

"For us, it's going to be a partial eclipse".

The timing of the total solar eclipse for our area begins at 11:52 a.m., peaking at 1:20 p.m. and ending at 2:50 p.m. When this happens, Earth blocks the sunlight that normally is reflected by the moon.

"The demand has just been overwhelming, we've sold out several times to the point where now our suppliers are sold out", said Farmer. From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 p.m.

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