We are just weeks away from the great american solar eclipse. Thus, the moon will cast a shadow on Earth.

For more low-tech party tips, NASA suggests poster contests, edible eclipse models, and using "triangles and proportions to create a shoebox eclipse simulator". The widget also provides the percentage of solar coverage or the duration of totality, depending on the type of eclipse visible from the location you've chosen.

Here in the Mid-South, we will have a partial solar eclipse with 94 percent of the sun blocked by the moon. Also included is a list of when the eclipse starts in each of the states it moves through, the point of maximum totality and when it will all be officially over.

"If you had no eye protection, you might take a quick glance at the sun for maybe a half a second".

Allen suggested that viewers keep in mind to enjoy the solar eclipse, rather than focus on getting the ideal shot.

The partial eclipse ends at 12:48 am while the penumbral eclipse ends at 2:20 am on August 8. The last total solar eclipse to cross the United States occurred in 1918 and is not predicted to happen again until 2045.

It will be the first total solar eclipse that has been visible in the continental U.S.in more than three decades. B&H Photo is offering a 5-pack of Eclipse Viewing Glasses for $4.99, a savings of $3 from their regular price.

During the total eclipse, the moon will block much of the sun's light, so it will be noticeably darker and a few degrees cooler. Unlike a solar eclipse, you can view a lunar eclipse with the naked eye. The closest areas with a total eclipse will be Nashville and Cape Girardeau. "We think it is important to begin preparing people for safe viewing practices before the actual event". It cuts a path across the entire state of SC, an easy day trip if the traffic cooperates.

During a solar eclipse, it's not safe to look directly at the sun without special glasses or a pinhole viewer.