Anyway, back to the glasses.
The Earth and other planets orbit the sun in the same plane, like marbles rolling on an invisible plate.
It is safe to view an eclipse through eclipse glasses if the glasses come from a reputable vendor. I keep running across things on social media and television (even from meteorologists, professors and scientists) saying that we're still going to see 80% or 90% of the eclipse from our locale here, so you don't have to go anywhere.
Peoria Riverfront Museum Getting us Ready for the Upcoming Solar Eclipse. If you do, you won't be alone; lots of folks are traveling to get a better look. Glasses and viewers given out by amateur or professional astronomers, astronomical organizations, science museums, and planetariums are likely from those reputable vendors and therefore safe to use, the AAS said. Looking up and seeing that dark disc in the sky surrounded by the ring of light produced by the sun's corona is a life-changing experience for some.
The lucky ones who live or will visit the 70 mile wide path of total eclipse running from the Pacific Northwest southeastward across the continental United States to SC, will witness daytime turn into night as the moon blocks out the sun. But as you can imagine, staring directly at the sun is not good for your eyes. Just be sure to use a filter again as soon as the sun begins to peek out.
Observing the eclipse with a telescope or binoculars will magnify the image of the sun, providing a significantly more detailed and dramatic view. Mission Valley Eye Center/Ronan Eye Clinic has generously sponsored the purchase of more than 200 pairs of solar eclipse glasses that we will have available that day for safe viewing.
Where will you be for the Great American Eclipse of 2017? The 2:00 show is a special Starry Night Express featuring a live feed from Casper, Wyoming, with Museum staff in the path of totality. "Mars will be about one fist above the sun, and Venus will be easily visible 60 degrees above the southern horizon". And don't point your iPhone at the sun or you'll fry the camera mechanism. The eclipse will only be partially viewable over Alabama. The next time an event like this will occur is January 25, 2316, so you won't want to miss your chance to see it this time around.