These states will have the best views of the solar eclipse


"For the United States, this is 99 years since their last total solar eclipse".

So what are our chances here in the UK? The path of totality - the area experiencing the greatest periods of darkness when the moon covers the sun - is a 70 miles wide path cutting across North America.

A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, lasting for up to about three hours from beginning to end. Here on the Sunshine Coast the partial eclipse means that the moon will eventually hide approximately 86 per cent of the sun's disk. Those in northern parts of the country are expected to have the best visibility.

This astronomical event will not be repeated until 2024 when Motl said the path of totality will be directly over Kokomo.

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Where are you planning on watching the total solar eclipse? Devils Tower National Monument is expecting 95% totality of the eclipse. You can also buy them at stores that haven't sold out yet.

The leaked memo, which was sent to managers in North Carolina state agencies Thursday morning, asked them to tell their employees not to look at the eclipse if they're at work. The sun will come through the aluminum foil and hit the white piece of paper inside the box and you'll be able to safely view the entire eclipse.

Weather will play a factor on the day of the eclipse on how much will be seen when it happens. The Department of Emergency Services urges residents to avoid looking directly at the sun at any point during the eclipse.

Solar glasses block 99-percent of the sun's harmful UV rays.

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To safely view the eclipse, people will need special glasses or other protective contraptions, like a solar lens for a camera.

On Monday, daylight will turn to darkness during a solar eclipse.

Experts recommend people make sure their eclipse glasses are ISO 12312-2 certified.

"I'm getting sort of nervous [about the weather]", Motl said.

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Even some fake glasses might have a forged seal of approval so you can also check by looking for leaks and light spots in the filter that are not from the sun.