What you need to know about total solar eclipse 2017

August 21, 2017 10:26 AM

ALBANY -- For many people, Monday's total solar eclipse is a must-see event.

“I'm looking forward to it. My mom was talking about it for like the whole day,” said Siena College sophomore Quin Gleason.

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“Well it only happens very infrequently,” said Latham resident Steve Dypas.

Millions of people are flocking to the so-called path of totality, which is a 70-mile wide strip from Oregon to South Carolina where the moon will completely block the sun.

Areas outside of that path will experience a partial eclipse.

NewsChannel 13 meteorologist Jason Gough is in Charleston, South Carolina where he'll have a front row seat. He talked to NewsChannel 13 over Skype about what viewers in the Albany area can expect to see during the eclipse.

“You need about 90 percent totality before you even start to notice the sky darkening a bit," he said. "So Albany's going to be at about 66 percent.”

NASA has created an app that shows you what the eclipse will look like anywhere in the world, including here in Albany.

Gleason plans to watch it with his college’s soccer team.

“It's definitely something you have to see before something on your bucket list you know,” Gleason said. “You definitely have to see it. But that's why I'm mainly interested in seeing it.”

Experts recommend using protective glasses so you don't damage your eyes. Unfortunately, they're sold out in most stores like Walmart and Lowes nationwide.

If you don't have special solar eclipse glasses don't worry. You can make what's called a pinhole projector using two pieces of paper or cardboard. Simply poke a hole in one piece of cardboard or paper. With your back to the sun hold it up as sunlight shines through onto the second piece reflecting the sun's image.

There are also other ways to safely watch the eclipse without protective glasses.

“I was just going to bounce the sun shining onto a mirror onto a wall,” Dypas said.

“You can actually take your hands and kind of make like a lattice and the sun will shine through and you can project the image on the ground,” Gough said.

Gough will be in Charleston, South Carolina to catch the eclipse in its totality. He'll do a Facebook live from there. You can check out his page.

Also check out our Eclipse Destination on for a variety of info and resources.

John Craig will kick off our team coverage at the RPI Hirsch Observatory in our morning shows.


Nia Hamm

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