Nashville's Italian Lights festival is official NASA location for solar eclipse

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An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially-eclipsed Sun is with a pinhole projector. On that day, a partial eclipse will be seen in every state across the country, and a total solar eclipse will be visible across 14 states in the continental USA along a 70-mile-wide stretch of the country. That path cuts through a narrow portion of far-southwestern North Carolina and mostly through SC, which are likely to be busy tourist destinations that day.

The historic total solar eclipse happening next month will take place during Nashville's Italian Lights festival.

On Monday, the day of the eclipse, hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

"You can get a pair of safety solar eclipse glasses", NASA scientist Dr. Ivona Cetinic said.

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The use of homemade filters is also discouraged by NASA, as even exceptionally dark ones provide no protection while looking at the sun. It is a total solar eclipse and it is mostly viewed in America a. "That exception is during totality, when the moon completely blocks the dazzlingly bright face of the sun". Even people in the path of totality should be careful, since "totality is fleeting, lasting at most 2 minutes 40 seconds", according to the AAS.

"But, only with special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer, you can safely look directly at the Sun", the statement added. Regular sunglasses may be used to protect the eyes from the harmful rays of the sun but these should not used as a replacement for eclipse viewing glasses.

Also, in mid-August, the Journal will run an informational page with more details about the eclipse.

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