GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE: What Charlotte can expect to see

Solar corona

For the first time in nearly 100 years, a hyper-rare total solar eclipse will extend across the United States, on August 21.

Know the last time a total solar eclipse came near Charleston?

A total solar eclipse is when the moon completely covers the sun and only the sun's corona can be seen.

Locations that will see a total solar eclipse will experience a temperature drop of 10 degrees or more once it gets dark, but it won't be dark enough for Delmarva to experience more than a one or two degree change in temperature.

"I'll never see it in my lifetime, and I doubt my daughter will ever get to see it again in her lifetime", said John White. It is mandatory to wear eclipse glasses to look up to the sun. Southern Utah will see between 80 and 90 percent coverage. Especially fanatical groups have even chartered a plane to fly alongside the path of totality to extend their viewing time.

The Total Eclipse will pass through SC at approximately 2:30pm to 2:50pm, closely following the route of Interstate 26, before exiting the nation at the SC coast.

Littmann has been asking that question since his first eclipse decades ago.

Women watching solar eclipse
GETTYThose who plan to watch the solar eclipse will need special glasses

The path of the eclipse runs across the United States from OR to SC. Looking directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse, can easily damage your eyes.

In addition to urging area businesses to make arrangements for traffic issues that may impact routine food and fuel deliveries, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is urging local residents to take steps to prepare for the eclipse and associated issues.

Woodrum says that there are eclipse "hounds" that find totality so appealing, they go to great lengths to view rare solar events.

And Chicago's Adler Planetarium (www.adlerplanetarium.org) is having a giant block party on the day of the eclipse. Expect major highways between Utah, Idaho and Wyoming to be especially crowded, so allow extra travel time. They say you should check your eclipse glasses and viewers to verify that they have the correct ISO designation and were manufactured by one of the four companies recognized by NASA as legitimate.

"The hair on the back of your neck is going to stand up, and you are going to feel different things as the eclipse reaches totality".

The town of Jackson is just south of Grand Teton National Park, which is also within the path of totality. A welding glass that permits you to see the landscape is not safe.

Those planning to look skyward during the total or partial event, he warned, should wear eclipse glasses. The event will feature arts and crafts vendors, as well as food and entertainment. The day will turn into night for 2 to 2 minutes and 41 seconds.

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