The Best Livestreams for Watching the 2017 Total Eclipse

Glen Mclaughlin
August 4, 2017

Assuming you haven't been living in a cave - in which case this news wouldn't interest you anyway - you know there's a solar eclipse happening on August 21st. Boy, you are so wrong. In the days leading up to the eclipse, The Weather Channel will also air an "Official Countdown to The Total Solar Eclipse". The next like it, with a path in the US, isn't predicted to occur for nearly three centuries, on January 25, 2316.

Place your digital camera in "sports photography" movie mode so that when you depress the button your camera will take a continuous stream of still images.

The only safe ways to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters - such as "eclipse glasses" - or hand-held solar viewers. The solar eclipse starts at 11:37 a.m. CDT and totality begins at 1:02 p.m. CDT, lasting for a little under a minute and a half. Those in the path of the penumbra will see a partial eclipse.

Spend a long weekend in this lovely town and hike various trails, go fishing, kayaking, tubing or just coast down the Tallulah River, which feeds into Lake Burton - another great spot to view the eclipse from.

Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.

Totality will first hit OR around 10.15am Pacific time. Others include Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, among others. The path of totality will start in OR before making its way across the country; it will cut through 14 states in total, finally finishing up in SC.

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According to the American Astronomical Society, just four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 global standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

Lika Guhathakurta, an astrophysicist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said: 'An eclipse teaches us so many things, but the 2017 eclipse is especially unique because of the uninterrupted land masses it will pass over. The astronomical feat happens when the sun, moon and Earth align completely.

This NASA visualization shows how the moon throws a shadow onto Earth. That's why it looks like the same size as my moon.

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".

This line-up occurs once every 12 to 18 months.

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