Beware of counterfeit solar eclipse glasses

Two NASA research jets will chase eclipse across Missouri

Planning to watch the eclipse? Here's what you need to protect your eyes

If this is something you want to try, NASA recommends you test your thermometer ahead of time.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is happening later this month when a total solar eclipse cuts a path across North America after a 99-year hiatus. (See CAISO Solar Eclipse Prep Relies on Conventional Mix.) With California's water levels still relatively high after a wet winter, CAISO expects to have access to about 6,000 MW of flexible hydroelectric capacity in mid-August.

During this partial lunar eclipse, the Earth's shadow covers only parts of the Moon, as seen from Dubai.

For more information and to find out if you can take a picture of the eclipse with your smartphone check out the interview from the morning show. Here's what you need to know. If not, please allow me to explain why you happen to be some of the luckiest people on planet Earth.

"We will not be in the direct path of the eclipse's totality", said Violet Mager, an assistant physics professor at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

Is it worth the effort? With the sensitive telescopes and the dampening effect of the eclipse, scientists just might be able to see evidence of nanoflares. "If you're going to look at the sun from anywhere in Wyoming without protection your eyes could be damaged".

Mager advises the public not to view the solar eclipse with the naked eye. Be sure to order them immediately, since supplies may be dwindling!

Several vendors offer affordable filters in cardboard frames that will snugly fit on the front end of many common camera lenses, small telescopes or binoculars. Experiencing your surroundings descending into nearly total darkness (certainly dark enough to see the planets) is a surreal experience at 2:40pm in the afternoon. NASA is even offering printable templates for classier-looking pinhole projectors. The only safe way is to protect your eyes with special filters in glasses or other devices. Position the mirror to reflect the sun's image onto a distant flat surface, preferably inside a darkened room. The University of Georgia will open up Sanford Stadium to the public and distribute 5,000 pairs of eclipse glasses. Join rangers for children's activities, Native American sky stories and watch the eclipse at 9:30 a.m.

To mark the event, the Native American Mint teamed up with the Oglala Lakota Sioux Sovereign Nation to produce an impressive curved and colored coin that carries a $1 face value.

The eclipse will be visible across the continental United States and is the first of its kind since 1979.

Next week, I'll conclude my four-part series with some tips on eclipse photography. Viewers who end up with fake glasses could run the risk of getting a condition known as "eclipse blindness" or serious damage to the retina.

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