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Here's how solar power will handle the eclipse

10 August 2017

If we get rain or even passing clouds at the wrong time, Harris says you'll simply have to wait for 2024, when the next total solar eclipse will affect the U.S. However, that one will not go from coast to coast, but instead will move across Texas, Arkansas, Indiana and across areas where the northeastern U.S. borders Canada.

Eastern Oregon is a prime viewing spot for the eclipse, and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is preparing for big crowds starting almost a week before the August 21 show.

A really exciting thing is happening on Monday, Aug. 21 - a solar eclipse!

Locate some solar eclipse glasses.

Hence, people travel to see a total solar eclipse and eclipse day will see many Americans on the road - adjusting their plans as some places have a cloudy forecast perhaps while others appear more promising.

"A total eclipse is such a rare occurrence, for many in the USA this will be the first time in their life they can see one", says CNN Senior Meteorologist Brandon Miller. Before that, in 1970, a total solar eclipse skirted the Atlantic coastline from Florida to Virginia. It's the number scientists around the world have collectively deemed strong enough for that lens to keep you safe during an eclipse.

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In Lancaster County, observers expect the sun to be about 76% covered.

Southern Illinois is another popular Midwestern destination, and Amtrak has added a one-time-only Eclipse Train from Chicago to lovely Carbondale, Ill., near where the longest period of totality will occur in the U.S. The eclipse express costs $153 round-trip, leaving Chicago at 3 a.m. on the 21st and returning that night.

However, if you are looking for it, you'll get a spectacular view of the moon crossing the sun.

The nearby Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge isn't planning any formal events but the eclipse will be viewable from publicly accessible parts of the refuge.

Here are two in Lancaster County.

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Susan Bonnette from Columbia has been on a mission to find the NASA approved glasses.

From our vantage, point the moon will only cover 4% of the sun.

Cost: Adult tickets are $9.

Griffith Park Outdoorsy meetup Mountain Chicks are hosting a Solar Eclipse Hike from the Fern Dell Nature Trail up to the Observatory, a 2.5-mile round trip.

What this means for sky watchers in southern Nevada, where there will be only a partial eclipse, is that there will not be any period of time at all during which the event will be safe to view without solar filters; and to view a total eclipse in the western United States, they will have to travel north.

"The path of totality", which is the shadow of the total solar eclipse will run right through the middle of the United States and the best place to experience the solar eclipse will be Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and SC.

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Where: The Planetarium at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg. Admission is $7 for adults ages 12 through 64; $6 for seniors ages 65 and up and $5 for children ages 1 to 11.