View the Solar Eclipse from Quincy Hill

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While viewing the eclipse during totality, the period of time when the moon is blocking the sun, it is safe to remove the eclipse glasses, but the time it is safe to view this eclipse only about two minutes, he said.

Stay with ABC 17 News and ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather as we continue to bring you more information on the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Solar eclipse glasses allow the user to stare at the sun without the potential for harm to the viewers eyes.

The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable eclipse glasses and hand-held viewers on its website - stamped with this approval code - 12312-2. Working with partners, we can protect what is special about parks so that they are there for you to enjoy.

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Hopkinsville, in Christian County, will be the point of "greatest eclipse" with 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality on August 21 at 1:24 p.m. CDT.

While many people want a good, tight shot of the eclipse, keep a bigger picture in mind. Specialty solar glasses that meet the worldwide standard ISO 12312-2 for direct observation of the sun should be used. "Because some sun will still be visible in Vermillion, it is particularly important that people protect themselves with the proper eyewear if they are planning to view the eclipse". It has been reported during solar eclipses that animals change behavior and may be startled or confused. However, in Madison - where a maximum of 85 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon at about 1:15 p.m. - that won't be an option. Here on the Keweenaw Peninsula, we will have a 71 percent eclipse.

There are alternative methods to indirectly view the partially eclipsed sun. As the total eclipse approaches, if you are up a little in elevation or can see a bit of a distance to the horizon, you will see the total eclipse shadow fast approaching from the northwest. The eclipse will move from the West Coast to the East Coast, ending near Columbia, South Carolina, at 2:44 p.m. According to Nasa's solar scientist Mitzi Adams, plants will be affected by the eclipse. It's called solar retinopathy, and it's like a sunburn on your retina, and causes spots in your vision that may or may not go away.

As a result, demand is soaring for safe glasses for viewing it. We've got our eclipse glasses, and we're looking forward to it.

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