9 best places to view the solar eclipse in San Francisco

9 best places to view the solar eclipse in San Francisco

9 best places to view the solar eclipse in San Francisco

The eclipse on August 21 has a narrow path of totality (about 70 miles wide) which goes across the entire country from OR to SC. Take an area where cell service often isn't great to begin with, add a huge boost of people, and, well... you do the math.

A joint news release from the Space Science Institute, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Google says about 4,800 libraries will participate in giving out free glasses.

From Whatcom County, an 88 percent eclipse will be visible beginning around 9:10 a.m. and reach its maximum eclipse point at 10:21 a.m. Those in the path of the penumbra will see a partial eclipse.

According to experts at NASA, one popular theory is that the bands originate in the atmosphere due to highly unpredictable air cells that help to "focus and de-focus the sharp-edged light from the solar surface". The town of Casper, Wyo.is hosting a festival to celebrate the eclipse that is free to the public.

The two most important things to keep in mind are that it is ONLY safe to view the sun without eye protection for people in the total eclipse zone during a total eclipse and that sunglasses (Rx or not) are NOT safe for viewing the sun, during an eclipse or otherwise. As the eclipse approaches, the baseball game will enter an "eclipse delay" so fans and players can enjoy the rare event. The day will turn to twilight for up to two minutes and 40 seconds.

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Visiting the site's time checker, users can simply insert their ZIP code to see the exact time the eclipse will start, when it will reach its maximum level of coverage, and when it will be completely finished. How could observers on earth be linked to total solar eclipses? The next one visible in the city will be in the year 2566. Travel to Woodburn, Ore., in the center of the eclipse, is about 338 miles. GeorgiaThe total solar eclipse passes over the northeast corner of Georgia covering Rabun County and Tallulah Falls State Park.

You must be in the path of totality to witness a total solar eclipse. Some county-wide events include bluegrass at Tallulah Falls, a golf tournament at Sky Valley Country Club, a lecture series with astronomers and a 5K run.

Now is rather late for planning to see totality.

"Be prepared for prolonged travel times and heavy traffic" is what OR officials advise.

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