From about 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 21 the "Great American Solar Eclipse" will roll across the Great Northwest to Appalachia, then off the coast of SC.
It will look like a typical overcast, dark kind of a day.
Most offer the basics - a map showing the exact timing of both the partial and total eclipse in your neighborhood; a countdown clock; weather information for the day; and scientific facts about the eclipse and space.
Professionals have one other tip that may shake some selfie experts to the core: Put the phone away and actually watch the eclipse with your own eyes, instead of watching it on a screen.
According to NASA, the only safe way to look at an un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, like "eclipse glasses", or hand-held solar viewers. I find it mind blowing that the moon is just the right distance from Earth (240,000 miles) so that is appears to be the same size as the sun.
The next total solar eclipse viewable in North America won't occur till 2024. Those staying in Europe, Australia, Africa, South and East Asia can watch the lunar eclipse on 7 and 8 August. It's the first time the US has experienced a total solar eclipse since 1918, when the umbra started in Washington state and passed over Denver, Jackson, Mississippi, and Orlando, Florida, before leaving via the Atlantic coast. In Syracuse, we will just see the partial solar eclipse. NOVA will follow teams working on the forefront of solar science and solar storm detection, incorporating immersive CGI animation to reveal the sun's secret mechanisms, stunning sequences of the eclipse itself, NASA footage, and more. This particular eclipse is a partial eclipse as viewed from New England. "The same is the case for the solar eclipse".
You need two pair of glasses: one to protect your eyes from the bright sun, the other to protect the lens on your smartphone camera. The easiest way to view the eclipse safely is with eclipse glasses.
Again, do NOT use any eclipse glasses that aren't NASA-approved. The last total eclipse in the continental United States was in 1979 in the Pacific Northwest. In that case, parts of the Sun can still be seen.