Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time

Kristopher Drake
August 19, 2017

Paiute religious leader Wovoka, who was believed to have the ability to control the weather, famously had a prophetic vision during a solar eclipse in 1889, one that depicted the futuristic "resurrection of the Paiute dead" and the removal of "whites and their works" from North America.

It was not until we could accurately predict the path of the moon around the Earth, of the Earth around the sun, and the distances between all three, that total eclipses became less alarming.

Long answer? It depends on where you are.

This sketch shows a total solar eclipse in 1806. The path will stretch from the OR coast to the SC coast, with 12 states in between. Fowler has been handing out viewing glasses, hoping to encourage people to get out and see the eclipse and think about the sun. "Eagerness to view the eclipse is not an acceptable reason to drive aggressively or while distracted". In the light that shines through the hole, you'll be able to see the crescent of sunlight change as the moon moves across.

This will be the last total solar eclipse in the United States until April 4, 2024. That occurs in that narrow 70-mile path we just talked about, because that area will be directly below the moon's shadow.

Hawaii experienced a total solar eclipse in 1991.

This allows eclipse-gazers to look at up to four planets with the naked eye, along with constellations that are usually only visible in the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere. Before that, in 1970, a total solar eclipse skirted the Atlantic coastline from Florida to Virginia. The Oregon Department of Energy estimates 1 million eclipse-seekers will flock to the state, which is expected to be one of the best viewing locations.

Another popular myth holds that flowers planted during an eclipse will be brighter and more colorful, so this might be a good time to do some gardening. Remember, we haven't had a total eclipse in 38 years!


It'll be pretty hard to say until a few hours before the eclipse, but so far there don't seem to be any major weather events across the United States to look for.

What if I can't get eclipse glasses?

As a note, even just before totality, you can experience retinal damage because you will be looking directly into the solar surface of the sun.

There have been many instances where Greenville has witnessed these annular solar eclipses, the last of which that happened on May 10, 1994 when 80% of the sun was blocked. Here's a list of safe options.

Organize a viewing party and invite friends and family so you can enjoy the eclipse with the ones you care about.

Kathy Maren from Comb Eyecare also said that can the glasses can be tested to see if they are real by trying them on indoors.

I'm not going to be outside, how can I watch the eclipse on TV and online?

For more eclipse coverage, visit our eclipse center here.

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