Beginning in OR, it will travel across the United States to SC, crossing parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina along the way. You probably have friends or maybe even family who've made the trek to somewhere in the totality swath that's cutting diagonally across our nation-and reports of traffic jams bad enough to require the National Guard are already coming in.
This is the first total solar eclipse viewable from the continental USA since 1979, and the first coast-to-coast in 99 years.
The total eclipse reaches the western coastline of OR at 10:16 am Pacific time (1716 GMT), then forges a diagonal path, exiting over SC in the afternoon. Shadows take on weird shapes.
But it has been 38 years since the mainland United States glimpsed a total eclipse.
So, if you have a full morning or afternoon planned, consider canceling some of those appointments to make room for this extraordinarily rare and striking event.
From the vantage point of the ISS, the eclipse is somewhat different.
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If you haven't gotten a pair of the ubiquitous $2 eclipse glasses, it may not be too late. Many retailers are carrying them but they may be sold out, so call before you go. - AFP People pose with special eclipse glasses outside the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum on the National Mall before an eclipse August 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Here's some advice from Consumer Reports on where to find glasses at the last minute.
You should never look directly at a partial solar eclipse, since the sun is still visible and can damage your eyes.
Here's How to Make Your Own Eclipse Viewing Device! NASA says the path of totality will span from Texas to Maine.
While trees regularly project the image of the sun onto the ground, it's harder to notice this when the eclipse isn't taking place since all of the tiny images of perfectly rounded suns blend together, according to researchers from the University of IL. "They definitely have better views and they can see the eclipse without the Earth's atmosphere".