Apr 22, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Total Solar Eclipse, 'The Great American Eclipse' Happening This August 2017 Across United States: Find Out Where, When & Safety Guidelines

May 03, 2017 02:55 AM EDT

A total solar eclipse described as the moon passing directly through the sun and earth is reported to happen this August 2017. Yet, there is certain information that is needed to be known to the gazers that would experience the event.

According to Time, the total solar eclipse is set to happen on August 21, 2017. However, only those people in America will be able to see it, leading to the event being dubbed as “The Great American Eclipse.” The path of totality is mentioned to include 14 states overall. Yet, it was identified that the path was narrowed to only be viewed widely in 10 states.

Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina is reported to be among the 10 states that will get a spectacular view of the "The Great American Eclipse."  However, people who are residing outside the path of totality in the United States specifically the whole North America is stated to be able to see a partial solar eclipse. Yet, no one outside America would see the spectacular total solar eclipse this August.

Speaking of safety guidelines upon watching the total solar eclipse, gazers should use special solar filters or “eclipse glasses.” No one is to watch the total nor partial solar eclipse with their naked eye, binoculars or telescopes as NASA stated. Eclipse glasses were then said to cost only $2 in most places. Making a person’s own pinhole camera is also shared to be another option.

Meanwhile, Printing Impressions reported that aside from the "The Great American Eclipse", people could avail of The Total Solar Eclipse Forever Stamp with thermochromic ink to celebrate the event. The total solar eclipse image placed on the stamp is mentioned to turn into the moon when heat is applied like rubbing or placing the owner’s thumb on it. On the other hand, the image would return to an eclipse when the stamp cools back to room temperature.

The stamp to commemorate the total solar eclipse event is also stated to feature the image photographed by astrophysicist Fred Espenak. A special envelope to protect the stamp from UV light is said to be given for a nominal fee. Americans that would witness the total eclipse is said to get their stamp on the local Post Office nearest to them starting June 20, 2017.

Since the first total solar eclipse was seen by America last 1979, the event this August 21 was identified to be the second. As people wondering when would be the next for the Unites States, it was reported to happen on 2024. However, there would still be another total solar eclipse visible in Argentina and Chile on July 2019.

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