Earth will no longer have total solar eclipses in 600 million years

Total Solar Eclipse

Since the Earth and moon are constantly moving around the sun, it's not that uncommon for the moon to pass between the Earth and sun, blocking out a portion of the light received on Earth.

Reading Public Library will host a party to view the "Celestial Event of the Century", the solar eclipse, atop the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel parking garage in downtown Reading.

Millions are gearing up to see the total solar eclipse across the country.

When most people think eclipses, they think of a lunar eclipse when the earth is positioned between the sun and moon, blocking the sunlight from reaching the moon. But these have all been partial solar eclipses.

It will be the first total solar eclipse that has been visible in the continental U.S.in more than three decades.

"Amir Caspi of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., and his team will use two of NASA's WB-57F research jets to chase the darkness across America on August 21", according to a post on NASA's website. Another one, pregnant women should not go out during a total solar eclipse because the rays will hurt them.

One is to not cook any food during a total solar eclipse because the rays that come from the sun are going to hurt the food.

Since Northeast Wisconsin is NORTH of the track of totality, the maximum eclipse will look like this diagram courtesy of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA. Unlike a solar eclipse, you can view a lunar eclipse with the naked eye. "This is in contrast to a solar eclipse in which the timings of the contacts change as the location changes on Earth", Rathnashree said.

If you are planning on observing the eclipse, the most important thing to remember is to never look directly at the Sun unless you have proper protection for your eyes. And the key to observing the eclipse safely and successfully is having the right tools at your fingertips.

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