Oregon's Department of Transportation said the eclipse will cause "the biggest traffic event in OR history" as visitors descend on the state in cars and camper vans.
"It literally fries it like an egg in a pan and damages the receptors of the eye that prevent you from seeing", Dr. Wheadon said. Your total will be $12, which isn't a great deal but you should have them in time.
Partial eclipses are bit more common, and if you are up for travelling, you can even turn it into a total eclipse experience.
Chesterfield resident Carolyn Vokoun got a similar email from Amazon confirming the suspicions she had about the glasses she purchased.
Each pair was a dollar plus tax. I've seen them at the check-out counters at Lowe's pretty cheap and they have them other places, they have them online.
The Ada Public Library was distributing free eclipse glasses, but it ran out. Looking directly at the sun can be harmful to the eyes, even when most of it is blocked by the moon, so special viewing devices or techniques are needed. I learned that the hard way as a child during a partial eclipse in 1978.
There are solar eclipses every year to some degree or another somewhere on Earth, but obviously the thing about this one is it's become The Great American Eclipse of 2017 because it's visible to us along such a lengthy cross-country path.
And the Ada area will not be in that path of totality.
"And then once the moon completely covers the sun, all of a sudden revealed to us is this outer atmosphere of the sun called the corona, which is this silky, ethereal structure", Young says.
This time, the path of total eclipse will be about 70 miles wide and begins in OR on the west coast and travels to SC on the east coast, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reports on its eclipse website, eclipse2017.nasa.gov. If you do make the trip there, get there in plenty of time ahead of the event. That means that most months the moon's position is either above or below the sun's position when they are in the same part of the sky. Blair said the sun will not be fully uncovered again until 3:58 p.m. For example, a swath from Texas to ME will get a total eclipse in 2024, but in Statesville you can see a partial eclipse where 82 percent of the sun is obscured. Well, not exactly night. People have a sense that night is occurring in the middle of the day. Would Earth get dark? Visit https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters to view this list.
After purchasing them, I of course tried them out. Before and after totality, eye protection is necessary for anyone in the narrow path of totality.
Now imagine the low-priced magnifying glass being replaced with the advanced optics of today's binoculars or telescopes. I'm just going to do it. Coverage will be featured during the live four-hour broadcast Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA.
For more information on the eclipse in general, visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.
The quick answer to the question is that this scenario is extremely risky to the eyes of the viewer, because the viewer has essentially placed solar filters on the wrong end of the binoculars.