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Educators wanted to take advantage of the rare event, but at the same time anxious about possibly putting students in harm's way.
Tyler, TX -We are less than a week away from the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, which will be visible to all of North America. Maximum solar coverage of 75.26 percent will occur at 2:19 p.m. The animated graphic allows you to enter your local information to see the peak eclipse times and percent of totality where you live, reflecting just how dark Monday will be in each spot. As the moon passes between the sun and the earth, casting a shadow that will cause day to suddenly become night for those in the path of totality, many people will step outside to witness it.
The moon will continue to cover up the sun, forming what's known as a crescent sun that looks like this.
The De Soto Public Library will have an eclipse viewing from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m.at the library, 712 S. Main St. De Soto is in the center path of totality and will have the longest period of darkness, at 2 minutes, 41 seconds.
Cities across the path of totality are holding eclipse festivals with both free events and VIP viewing parties. While the sun is actually about 400 times larger in diameter that the moon, the moon is also about 400 times closer than the sun.
As for the camera on your cell phone, Apple says you won't damage it by pointing it at the eclipse.
Our eclipse program is free and open to the public from noon until 4 p.m.
According to the Illinois Attorney General's office, fake eclipse glasses have flooded the market, and using them could result in eye damage. A partial eclipse is visible in North American and parts of South America.
Lombardi also offered a few eclipse resources that FMCHS is using for this event.
Can we learn anything from eclipse events, or are they really just oddities that happen in nature? An email from Superintendent Felecia Gomez-Walker will be sent to the school community at 6 p.m. Thursday that advises people to remind their children that it "is never safe to look directly at the sun - even if the sun is partially obscured".
"We want our parents to be talking to their students and saying its going to be a fantastic event but you can't take your glasses off", says Wright. So, even if something goes wrong and you can't get outside to view the eclipse, you can still watch it on your device.
The Federal TradeCommission says to make sure that the glasses or viewers you're considering have the manufacturer's name and address printed on the product and are certified as safe.
All three branches of the Jefferson County Library will host eclipse activities.
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