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2,432 Number of days until total solar eclipse in Syracuse! Almost every hotel room in the eclipse path is booked, which is expected to contribute to heavy - and possibly distracted - traffic on Interstate 5 and other highways throughout the morning.

As always, safety comes first when viewing an eclipse.

A quick internet check will reveal some general guidelines for taking successful smartphone images, including special protective solar glasses, which block far more rays than regular dark sunglasses, a filter for the big camera, a tripod, a smartphone adapter and a place to capture the event. Be sure to join us sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.to learn about the solar eclipse and-most importantly-how to view it safely.

As the moon obscures the sun on August 21, it will create a twilight experience across the U.S. This moment of up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds of darkness-otherwise known as the "Great American Eclipse"-won't be visible in any other country, and the eclipse's path of totality will cross 14 states".

"It's so unsafe for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina - we call it solar retinopathy and it's really very close to burning a hole in the retina", said Dr. Russell Van Gelder with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. A solar eclipse is a unique experience for our eyes - we aren't used to seeing bright beams of sunlight contrasted with a night sky.

The umbra (or dark inner shadow) of the moon will be traveling from west to east from nearly 3,000 miles per hour (in western Oregon) to 1,500 miles per hour in SC.

It might seem unusual that the moon is able to cover the sun because it's 400 times smaller.

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Hopefully you're a fan of road-tripping, as flights to Nashville from Pittsburgh are around $400 or more to get there in time for the eclipse. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes directly in front of the sun, blocking some or all of its light from reaching Earth.

How does a total solar eclipse happen? Starting around 1 p.m. on the East Coast, the moon will begin to obscure the sun and, depending on where you are, might completely cover it.

You can see times on the eclipse's peak where you live here.

With the Great American solar eclipse a little over a week away, people are getting ready for the first one to cross the United States in 99 years.

"We never had this data because this doesn't happen very often - that the path is crossing land mass for this long of time", said Dr. Han Uitenbroeck, the director of the National Solar Observatory in New Mexico.

The Bookmark Café will have "eclipse cookies" along with a combo of Moon Pies and Sun Chips, for sale as well as other regular café items. The event is free to those who pre-registered.

NASA and others want to see your eclipse photos.

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