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  • The great American eclipse is finally here

    August 21, 2017 11:02 AM 29

    But even as celestial bodies moved to align in the sky, terrestrial-bound bodies were scurrying in a mad last-minute scramble for the best vantage points to witness it. Procrastinators dashed from store to store in search of eclipse-safe glasses. Scientists nervously checked and rechecked their equipment at observatories and research airplanes across

  • The Solar Eclipse: What to Expect

    August 21, 2017 7:45 AM 47

    Because of planetary geometry, the total eclipse can last less than one minute in some places, and as long as two minutes and 41 seconds in others. The eclipse’s longest point of duration is near a small town called Makanda, Ill., population 600. Around 1:15 p.m. Eastern time, the total solar eclipse will first reach Oregon’s coast. Then it will race for the next 90 or so minutes

  • The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 Is Happening Today

    August 21, 2017 4:37 AM 38

    One of the biggest astronomical events of the century is finally here: Today (Aug. 21), a total solar eclipse will cross the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina, starting in Oregon at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PDT (1600 GMT). To viewers inside the "path of totality," the moon will completely cover the sun, darkening the sky and revealing the star's hidden atmosphere

  • Here’s what to know about the total solar eclipse if you live in the Boston area

    August 21, 2017 3:16 AM 38

    The continental United States will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time in 38 years on Monday. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon, traveling between Earth and the sun, aligns to completely cover the sun, leaving only its atmosphere, or corona, to be seen. Inside the 70-mile-wide path of totality—stretching from Oregon to South

  • Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

    August 21, 2017 2:01 AM 42

    Millions of Americans converged on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday for a wondrous couple of minutes in the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast to coast in 99 years. Veteran eclipse watchers warned the uninitiated to get ready to be blown away. Planetariums and museums posted

  • Total solar eclipse 2017: When and where to see it

    August 20, 2017 1:25 PM 37

    Can you get to see this rare event, without risking cloud cover? On Monday, a total eclipse of the sun will cross the United States. Technically, the moon will be seen to cover the face of the sun for about two and a half minutes, as observed from the ground. All of North America, northern Mexico, the Caribbean and even the north of South America will see at least

  • 1 Day Until the Solar Eclipse! NASA Scientist Explains What Makes Eclipses Spectacular

    August 20, 2017 11:37 AM 38

    We're just one day away from the Great American Solar Eclipse, and people across the U.S. are flocking to the path of totality to watch the moon turn day into night as it transits the sun. It's time to pack your eclipse glasses, build your pinhole projectors, and check the traffic and weather forecasts as you make your final preparations for this once-in-a-lifetime

  • Take precautions when viewing Monday's solar eclipse

    August 17, 2017 5:38 PM 35

    While witnessing the partial solar eclipse on Monday from Southern Arizona might be a learning experience for many, but when it comes to your safety, you don’t want to learn the hard way. The region will see about 60 percent of the sun blocked by the moon on Monday. Amid concerns that not all eclipse glasses are actually safe, there are a few things

  • View (partial) solar eclipse next Monday

    August 17, 2017 1:25 PM 31

    A total eclipse will cross the entire country, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918, on Monday, Aug. 21. Weather permitting, the entire continent will have the opportunity to view an eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on Earth’s surface. Locally, the Weston Public Library is holding a program to view the eclipse

  • Solar eclipse 2017: The best glasses and viewers

    August 16, 2017 12:59 AM 36

    From the inexpensive to the wallet-breaking, there are lots of ways to watch this year’s eclipse. The great American solar eclipse is coming, and we want to make sure you can see it safely. Check out these five NASA-approved manufacturers currently selling solar eclipse safety glasses. If you hadn't heard, there's a major eclipse happening soon. The US hasn't