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Local science organizations offer help to prepare for the solar eclipse

13 August 2017, 07:23 | Erica Roy

With totality crossing 14 states, it is expected to be the most viewed, and certainly most photographed, eclipse ever.

And finally, for those who want to experience the historic celestial event with colleagues, the Erb Memorial Union will host a watch party on its east lawn from 9 to 11:30 a.m., providing refreshments and a limited number of eclipse glasses for safe viewing.

CATE, the Continental American Telescope Eclipse, is an experiment more than two years in the making.

Examine your solar filters or eclipse glasses before using them.

There are several distinct features that make a total solar eclipse a spectacular sight.

The Liberty Science Center is hosting an all day event leading up to the eclipse on August 21 with eclipse demos, live broadcasts from states directly in the eclipse's path, and more. The telescopes will be manned by trained volunteers and scientists and the data uploaded will greatly benefit researchers.

Great Falls College-MSU will host a solar eclipse viewing on that day, and is inviting people to attend.

Totality isn't happening in Naperville, only 87 percent of the sun will be covered here - and that means looking at it will damage your vision.

The path of 100% totality will pass through parts of Wyoming, Idaho, and South Dakota. The moon will start casting its shadow on earth, blocking view of the sun, at about 1 p.m.

"Because we're going around the Earth every 90 minutes, about the time it takes the sun to cross the U.S., we'll get to see it three times", Randy Bresnik said Friday during a NASA Facebook session.

The college is pulling out all stops to make the "Great Eclipse Caper Event" educational, safe and fun.

In addition, because the moon orbits in an ellipse and not a circle, the moon has to be its closest distance from Earth in order for a total solar eclipse to occur.

Considering that demand, the American Astronomical Society has updated its safety advice "in response to alarming reports" of unsafe eclipse-viewers popping up online.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the only time it's safe to view a solar eclipse without these glasses is during the moment of totality.

68 Percentage of the sun blocked by the moon in Syracuse during the eclipse.

If they get scratched, punctured, or torn, do not use them. Pick glasses that are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard. NASA also released a list of suggested manufacturers and retailers.

"The real pictures are going to be of the people around you pointing, gawking and watching it", NASA photographer Bill Ingalls said. Congestion is expected before and after August 21 on US 41, USA 231 and I-69.

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