We Flew a Plane to Go See the Solar Eclipse

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Those looking at the eclipse within the path of totality - where the moon will completely block the sun along a path spanning from OR to SC - can view the eclipse without protection during the two minutes OR so that the sun is completely out of view.

The rest of North America was treated to a partial eclipse, as were Central American and the top of South America. Animals, both domestic and wild get confused and start behaving as if it's night. Even away from totality, the eclipse can make our old, familiar world seem otherworldly.

From the vantage point of the ISS, the eclipse is somewhat different.

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Meanwhile, be sure to wear your official eclipse glasses. Here's some advice from Consumer Reports on where to find glasses at the last minute. If not, another safe method to view the eclipse would involve making a pinhole camera, using only a shoebox and some aluminum foil. By the way, if you're lucky enough to be in the totality path, you can look at the sun without glasses or special equipment during totality, but only once it gets quite dark and only for about a minute. Looking at the sun any other time can badly damage your eyes, so it's important to take this stuff seriously.

The space station crossed the path of the eclipse three times as it orbited above the continental USA at an altitude of 250 miles. -AFP This NASA handout photo shows the Diamond Ring effect seen as the moon makes its final move over the sun during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon. "The safest and most cheap method of viewing an eclipse is by projection, in which a pinhole or small opening is used to cast the image of the sun on a screen placed a half-meter or more beyond the opening", NASA says, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

A note to the procrastinators among us in North America: If you miss out on today's total solar eclipse, your next chance to watch daylight plunge into darkness midday will be in April 2024.

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