And the party planning is at full tilt from OR to SC.
The total solar eclipse will have some imperceptible effects, such as the sudden loss of extreme ultraviolet radiation from the Sun, which generates the ionized layer of Earth's atmosphere, called the ionosphere. Minor league baseball teams will halt play for "eclipse delays" in Salem, Oregon, and elsewhere. "The shadow itself is traveling at about roughly 1,500 miles an hour, and it ends in Charleston, South Carolina, around 2:45 or so p.m. local time". Most cameras, and even many camera phones, have adjustable exposures, which can help you darken or lighten your image during the tricky eclipse lighting.
Scientists are also going gaga. The student-launched, high-altitude balloons will beam back live video of the eclipse along the route.
"It is unusual, because if its a clear day and the sun is out, you're going to have nice crisp shadows that look like its the middle of the day but it becomes more and more like twilight", Truska said. Ships and planes will also catch the action.
But skip the sunglasses, optometrists and experts at NASA say.
At the same time, researchers and the just plain curious will watch how animals and plants react as darkness falls. The wind usually picks up, and temperatures drop. The sky will darken from OR to SC, and what we see will be unforgettable. Apparently, the communities in the swath of the total eclipse are milking it for all it's worth.
For most, it will be only a partial solar eclipse but for a lucky few, a total eclipse will occur where the disk of the moon with cover the entire sun for several minutes.
In eight days, a spectacular cosmic experience will sweep across the United States, transfixing Americans for the first time in the internet era.
The last total solar eclipse in the continental United States was on the morning of February 26, 1979. This time, he's headed to his sister's farm in eastern Tennessee.
If you haven't already, you might want to mark your calendars for Aug 21, and make a special notation for oh, say, early afternoon, depending ... But because of that eight-hour difference, it didn't take place over the USA, it took place over Europe.
In all, 14 states (two of them barely) and 21 National Park locations and seven national historic trails will be in the path.
"Besides eye protection during solar eclipse viewing, one needs to pay attention to their personal needs and surrounding".
"A lot of people think they can just use a filter on the eye-piece of their telescope but when the light comes through your telescope, it will burn out of the guts and literally light them on fire", she said. In 2017, officials estimate 1 million people will converge onto the path of totality in OR alone, with millions joining in across the country.