Where to see the rare total solar eclipse 2017 in Lancaster County

Kristopher Drake
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. We'll be giving away pairs while supplies last at our eclipse tailgate as supplies last.

"This person did stare at the sun and has damage to the rods and cones in the fovea". "It is essential, however, that viewing is done safely".

"They damage the cells in your eyes, they damage your retinas and the damage can be permanent", said Young. "I have patients who viewed the sun 40 years ago, who remain without central vision in their affected eyes".

The need for Solar Eclipse glasses that protect the eyes of the millions who will be witnessing history on August 21 has created business opportunities.

The eclipse comes as the US power grid undergoes a transformation that will bring increasing amounts of flexible resources needed to complement growing supplies of solar and wind energy. For one of the few times in human history, Nebraska is just about out of hotel rooms, since it's one of the states in the path of totality.

But despite having safety standards and testing, officials said vendors can grab a logo or label claiming certification off the internet, making it hard to tell if glasses are truly safe.

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. Just do not forget to be safe and protect your eyes. "You don't want to sit and just stare at the sun".

Steven Greenlee, spokesperson for CAISO, told Vox: "Our solar plants are going to lose over half of their ability to generate electricity during the two to two and a half hours that the eclipse will be impacting our area". So, the last total eclipse seen on the east coast AND west coast was almost 100 years ago. It literally illustrates how our solar system works as the moon travels directly between the sun and Earth.

During a March, 2015 eclipse that crossed Europe, German grid operator TenneT TSO GmbH brought on 8 gigawatts of generating capacity to compensate for the loss of solar power as the sun disappeared, double the usual amount.

On Aug. 21, the moon's rotation around the earth will place it directly between the sun and the earth, blocking out sunlight in certain parts of the country in the middle of the day.

MTSU's event, which will be held in the green space in front of the new Science Building, will include a music stage featuring student bands from Match Records, the student label in the College of Media and Entertainment, from 11 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.; self-guided tours of the three-building Science Corridor of Innovation; and various science-information tents on the grounds with activities run by our faculty.

In Las Vegas, a partial eclipse will be observable, beginning at 9:09 a.m.

Southern Illinois is another popular Midwestern destination, and Amtrak has added a one-time-only Eclipse Train from Chicago to lovely Carbondale, Ill., near where the longest period of totality will occur in the U.S. The eclipse express costs $153 round-trip, leaving Chicago at 3 a.m. on the 21st and returning that night. During the eclipse, trees will create myriad, shimmering images of the sun in eclipse.

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