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  1. (dailynews.com) What’s the Big Deal Monday? Surely you’ve heard. The world — the universe! — has been talking up the solar eclipse. It’s happening just after 9 a.m. PDT.
  2. How long will it last for viewers in SoCal? About 2 ½ hours. The astronomical action begins at 9:05 a.m., with the eclipse hitting maximum at 10:21 a.m. and ending at 11:44 a.m.
  3. Who gets the best view? The “path of totality” runs through several U.S. states, the closest being Oregon. The path runs on a southeast arc, reaching states including Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Tennessee and South Carolina. You can see NASA’s total eclipse path map here.
  4. How much of the Eclipse will I see in SoCal? About 65 percent of the sun will be covered from Southern California’s vantage point.
  5. What is the Difference Between a Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse? A solar eclipse is when the moon blocks the sun’s light and casts its shadow on Earth.

A lunar eclipse is when Earth blocks the sun’s light from reaching the full moon, which makes light bend and reflect orange and red colors on the moon’s face for us to see.

6. What Do I Need To View the Eclipse?

You’ll need to wear special solar viewing glasses (not sunglasses), or use a solar telescope or an old-fashioned pinhole projection camera. You may need to act fast to get the glasses, which are in high demand, but be cautious of counterfeits that could damage your eyes.

Make sure your glasses are approved by NASA. Using anything else is way too risky.

7. Is There A Perfect Soundtrack For The Eclipse? Of course! Crank up “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler.

Eclipse watchers aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise will even get to hear the Welsh pop singer belt the song in person.

8. What Eclipse Viewing Events Are Happening Near Me?

More here: http://www.dailynews.com/science/20170820/8-solar-eclipse-questions-answered-for-southern-californians