Sadly, Massachusetts doesn't fall within that path - it runs from OR to SC - which means only a partial eclipse will be visible for those in the Bay State. About 12 million people live directly along this path, and another 200 million are within a day's drive (including many Canadians). Others will experience the penumbral shadow, where they will experience a partial eclipse. The penumbra is wide, stretching north to Canada, and south to Central America and parts of South America.
The following apps can help kids learn about solar eclipses, learn special photography techniques, and more.
While fascinating to witness, it's unsafe to look directly at an eclipse without proper protective eyewear.
The glasses should be less than 3 years old and only be able to see the sun. Another event will be a high-altitude balloon launch in conjunction with the Eclipse Ballooning Project, in which almost 100 high-altitude balloons will be launched across the country to capture live footage of the eclipse.
Washington State Department of Transportation spokesperson Bart Treece said many of those tourists are expected to come from B.C., and is warning anyone heading south to take their time. For example, viewers can use pinhole cameras cut out of paper or made with their hands to project the image of the eclipse onto the ground to look at without eye protection. Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds. The last total eclipse that crossed the entire continent occurred on June 8, 1918. There have been several companies selling FAKE glasses, so double check to make sure they are safe. Coverage includes NASA scientists and live views of the eclipse from both OR and Wyoming.
If you want to see a TOTAL solar eclipse, you will have to travel to Cape Giradeau, MO (~2 hours north of Memphis), Paducah, KY (~3 hours north of Memphis) or Nashville, TN (~3 hours east of Memphis).