What you need to know about the total solar eclipse

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Solar eclipse glasses will be provided to participants.

CATE, the Continental American Telescope Eclipse, is an experiment more than two years in the making. "The last partial solar eclipse for us was in October 2014 and we were hyping the 2017 eclipse at that time during our outreach events".

What time is the solar eclipse?

The next eclipse that will put the Golden Triangle, and much of north MS, in the path of totality will happen on August 12, 2045.

The path of the total eclipse will cross the United States from OR to SC.

Needless to say, social media will be aglow with images and captions as the awe-inspiring astronomical event makes its first pass through any part of the Lower 48 states in 38 years.

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While the sun is in a total eclipse, the sun's tenuous atmosphere called the corona can be seen. This will display the moon's movements as it blocks out the sun. Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. August 21 and end at 4 p.m.

The path of the August 21 eclipse runs from OR to SC with Hopkinsville, Kentucky being the point of greatest eclipse. The "Great American Eclipse", as it's colloquially called, will cross from OR to SC in the span of about 90 minutes.

"Because the earth is a sphere, the people in OR are going to experience a shorter eclipse because the moon's shadow has to travel just a bit further to touch the earth", Nelson said.

The Museum will have educators stationed with a special telescope, equipped with safe solar filter, to view the eclipse from 1:20-4 p.m. Originating in the wide open North Pacific and ending in the Atlantic well short of Africa, the eclipse path will cover 8,600 miles from end to end. In addition, that evening at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS and WHTJ PBS, NOVA will broadcast "Eclipse Over America", featuring same-day footage shot by PBS stations across the country.

Through his research, Frank Nelson with the Louisville Astronomical Society, has found that the last total solar eclipse that was visible in Kentucky occurred in 1869. In addition, the moon's orbit is slightly elliptical, so sometimes when an eclipse occurs, the bodies aren't aligned just right for a total eclipse, so all we get is a partial one. You can follow them here.

NASA will also be covering the eclipse live, from earth and from the International Space Station. Pick glasses that are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard. Those interested in watching the eclipse are encouraged to do so only if they are using devices such as pinhole viewers or eclipse glasses. Congestion is expected before and after August 21 on US 41, USA 231 and I-69.

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