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As of Wednesday afternoon, online retailers such as Amazon and Ebay were still advertising eclipse glasses for sale, if you're willing to buy in bulk. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.

Dr. Bob Powell, professor of physics and director of the UWG Observatory, is leading the group to the path of totality and centerline with lecturer Ben Team.

The last time Virginia was touched by a total eclipse was on March 7, 1970.

And if this is your first solar eclipse, here are eight tips from the pros on how to watch.

University of Redlands astronomer Tyler Nordgren predicts this "Dream American Eclipse" will be the most photographed, shared, and tweeted event in human history.

Some people recommend watching through a series of reflecting mirrors, but this is still risky. The next won't occur until 2144 - when nobody reading this article will still be alive.

For those who want to get fully educated on the solar eclipse while watching it, a trip to Caltech's Beckman Lawn is in order.

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"It's a bunch of unscrupulous people cashing in on the eclipse and putting public safety at risk", said Richard Fienberg, press officer for the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The next one that will be visible from the USA occurs in 2024, along a path that includes Erie. Join COSI and Metro Parks for a solar eclipse celebration and family-friendly, hands-on activities at Homestead Metro Park, 4675 Cosgray Rd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026.

Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. Monday, August 21, is just around the corner, and that's when you'll have a chance to experience something that some never see at all - a total eclipse of the sun. Or it's like the difference between watching the Super Bowl live versus watching a preseason National Football League game on a small black-and-white TV. This period of "totality" lasts even longer elsewhere, with the point of greatest duration, 2 minutes 43 seconds, in Carbondale, Ill. A silvery atmosphere will be created once the moon covers the sun about 90 percent.

Instead, you can safely watch the action through special eclipse glasses (make sure they're ISO certified and from a reliable supplier), through a simple home-made pinhole camera or even by looking at the shadows cast by tree leaves or by a kitchen colander. In fact, if you use a filter during totality, you'll see nothing at all. The answer depends where you're located.

An eclipse is not a singular event.

Remember that on August 21, you need clear skies to see the eclipse, so make plans to go where there is no fog. With millions of eclipse chasers from all over the world expected to be in the path of totality, be prepared for heavy traffic.

"We are thrilled to be working with The Weather Channel to bring Tegna's compelling and unique eclipse content to a worldwide audience across platforms", said Ellen Crooke, Tegna VP of news.