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In the days leading up to the eclipse, The Weather Channel will also air an "Official Countdown to The Total Solar Eclipse".

"So that's it - the last solar eclipse to be seen on this continent in this century".

"It all boils down to what the weather is going to do", he told ABC News. "It's a unique perspective". Many major suppliers are already out of stock or scrambling to keep up. All these methods are unsafe for looking at an eclipse. The library's website says "The Watcher in the Woods" should end by 2:30 p.m.

In Columbia, South Carolina, the eclipse starts at 1:13 p.m. EDT and totality begins at 2:41 p.m. EDT, lasting for 2 1/2 minutes. Wherever you choose to go, former NASA astronaut and senior manager Steven Hawley advises booking any travel tickets and hotel reservations way in advance and to expect plenty of traffic on the road. The moon appears largest in relation to the sun (1.06 times bigger) when the moon is at perigee (closest to earth in its orbit) and the earth is at aphelion (farthest from the sun in its orbit).

For anyone planning to view the spectacle directly, NASA recommends using eclipse viewing glasses to limit the damage a solar eclipse can cause to the eyes.

Google has teamed up with the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation, SSI, the National Science Foundation, and NASA to distribute 2 million solar-viewing glasses to almost 5,000 libraries throughout the country.

Have the manufacturer's name and address printed somewhere on the product. Avoid glasses that are more than three years old and those with scratched or wrinkled lenses.

But experts are pushing safety when viewing the sun on August 21st.

NASA has provided a list of reputable vendors for solar filters and viewers. It's still the sun, "said Keith Barger". Sunglasses (Rx or not; polarized or not) and smoked glass do not contain these layers and as such are NEVER safe for direct viewing of the sun.

VALLEY- As America gears up for the upcoming solar eclipse, there are a few vital points to remember when it comes to protecting your eyes and those of your loved ones. In fact, Espenak met his wife while watching an eclipse in India about 20 years ago. For the first time in 100 years, a large portion of the United States will be able to see this eclipse, and Google's latest project helps anyone find out the exact time to see the eclipse, and how well they'll see it. One of the flaps, you'll cover with aluminum foil.