Eclipse

What you need to know for The Great American Eclipse

COLORADO SPRINGS - The Great American Eclipse is fast approaching and many are making last-minute preparations. 

To watch LIVE: http://www.krdo.com/live-stream

Glasses:

Procrastinators are scrambling to find a pair of NASA approved glasses, so they can get the full experience of Monday's anomaly.  

Bad news, most businesses are sold out, and if you haven't already ordered yours online, you won't be able to get them in on time. 

Before the big day, you'll want to make sure your glasses have not been recalled by Amazon. 

READ MORE: Amazon issues refunds for potentially phony eclipse glasses

Some locations, such as libraries, are waiting until the day of to hand out glasses as part of its educational event. 

Check with your local library to see if they are hosting a solar eclipse event and if glasses will be provided.

If you aren't able to get your hands on glasses, save your eyes and watch KRDO NewsChannel 13. We will have full live coverage of the eclipse not only in Colorado but also in Casper, Wyo. where our crews will help you witness the total eclipse. 

When will Colorado see The Great American Eclipse?

Colorado is not one of the states that is covered under the "path of totality." That means that our angle of the sun will not be completely covered. 

With that said, we are one of the lucky states that come closest to complete darkness. Experts expect about 89.1 percent of the sun to be covered in Colorado. 

The process will last just under three hours, starting at 10:23 a.m. and ending at 1:15 p.m.

Colorado will see the peak time for The Great American Eclipse at 11:47 a.m.

Weather:

Many are asking, "Will we even be able to see the eclipse with clouds in the forecast?"

Leading into the weekend, it looks to be about a 50/50 chance in southern Colorado.

According to our meteorologists, the day is expected to be in the 80s and dry but with a chance of cloud coverage.

In most places, people will be able to see their homes covered in darkness but won't actually catch a glimpse of the full process. 

Fortunately, as we all know, the weather can change at any moment in Colorado. 

To stay up-to-date on the eclipse forecast for southern Colorado, we have created a story that will be constantly updated leading up to Monday morning. 

Great American Eclipse forecast

Traffic:

Starting the Friday before until the day after, traffic will be a nightmare for those traveling to the best places to catch the eclipse.

A lot will be headed to the select towns that will be under the "path of totality."

To decrease the chances of having an accident on the roads, the Colorado Department of Transportation has put in place restrictions for overweight/oversized vehicles.

Officers will be enforcing this along roadways between Kansas and Utah. 

For more info: CDOT's road restrictions for Solar Eclipse

Best way to capture The Great American Eclipse:

While getting that perfect shot of the lunar disk covering the sun is a priority to most, let's not forget about the shadow bands. 

The solar eclipse process can be broken down into four sections: C1, C2, C3, and C4. 

C1- when the lunar disk first touches the solar disk. 

C2- the lunar disk covers the sun. 

C3- the sun pokes out from behind the moon again

C4- the moon has passed over the sun and the eclipse is over. 

The perfect time to catch the shadow bands projected from the eclipse would be just before C2 and just after C3.

Experts say during this time, you will able to see something similar to squiggly snakes making their way across the ground. 

To catch the iconic "diamond ring" where the sun will shine just in the top corner of the moon, you will need to keep a watch after C1 and just before C2. 

Both of these moments can last a matter of seconds, so get your cameras set on shutter speed. 

It is highly recommended that you have the proper filters for your cameras to take pictures or video of the eclipse. 

You can visit local camera stores or check online for those. 

To have your photos featured on KRDO NewsChannel 13 and KRDO.com, visit our homepage, click on The Great American Eclipse photo and choose the submit your photo button

You can also post them on our KRDO NewsChannel 13 Facebook page or post them on any social platform using #EclipseOn13.

Pets:

KRDO NewsChannel 13 talked with a spokesperson for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and she said that most animals won't even notice the eclipse. 

Their veterinarians say that the animals have an innate sense not to look up at the sun and with the darkness only lasting a short time, they will probably go about their day normally. 

When will this happen again?

The eclipse actually happens more often than we think, but sometimes you have to travel to different countries to witness it. 

Why all the hype about this one?

Monday's solar eclipse is a historic event because it's the first time it's swept from coast-to-coast in the United States in 99 years. The next total solar eclipse doesn't happen in the country until April of 2024. 

For more on all things Eclipse visit: http://www.krdo.com/eclipse2017


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