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What to keep in mind for the total solar eclipse

Cropped Photo: David Byrne / CC BY 2.0 via MGN Online

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - The total solar eclipse is Monday, August 21.

Virginia will not see a total eclipse, but depending on where you are, you could see between a 95 percent eclipse and an 81 percent eclipse.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon moves between the Earth and the sun, and happen about 12 to 18 months.

We don't see them that often, however, because we're simply not in the right place at the right time.

Watching the eclipse safely is paramount to eye health.

There are several ways you can watch it, including getting special eclipse glasses.

Be careful, though, and make sure the glasses are authentic.

To see the approved list of retailers NASA recommends, click here.

Another way to view the eclipse is the pinhole method. All you'll need for that is two pieces of poster board, some scissors, and a flat surface.

There have been rumors associated with the eclipse, like it will harm children or poison food. NASA debunked those, saying "there is nothing other than human psychology that connects eclipses with future events in your life."

The most important thing to remember: don't look directly at the eclipse without protection.

For the pets, experts say the best thing to do is keep them inside during the eclipse, if possible.

Here in Lynchburg, there is going to be an eclipse viewing party at Riverfront Park where the first 200 people get free eclipse glasses.

If you're looking for a limited-time sweet treat to commemorate the eclipse, try the eclipsed doughnuts that will be available at Krispy Kreme.

For more information on the solar eclipse click here, or here.

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