How to take pictures of the solar eclipse with your smartphone

Mindy Sparks
August 13, 2017

A solar eclipse takes place when the orbit of the moon puts it the path of the sun's rays beaming toward Earth.

The earth averages two to three eclipses each year, but a total eclipse happening in any given area is extremely rare. An even longer duration total solar eclipse will cross the United States from Northern California to Florida in 2045.

On Aug. 21, the solar eclipse's path of totality (in which the moon completely eclipses the sun) will exclusively cross the continental United States.

Adler Planetarium Director of Public Observing Michelle Nichols discusses the upcoming total solar eclipse at McHenry County College Tuesday, Aug. 8. It will start in Texas and go in a northeast direction, through OH and up into Canada.

Q: Would you give a fundamental "solar eclipse" definition?

It's too early to know what the weather will be like on August 21, but clouds, rain and thunderstorms are all possible.

Amazon suggested customers refer to the NASA and AAS websites for more information about safely viewing the solar eclipse.

The 17 westernmost counties of North Carolina lie on the path of totality, as well as the SC cities of Columbia and Greenville. This is only a faint shadow of what it is like to be in the path of totality.

Much of our area will only experience a 90% partial eclipse.

Here's what will happen in Statesville, according to NASA: At 1:12 p.m., the moon will begin to cross in front of the sun, and the partial eclipse will begin. At maximum, a sliver of light will remain in the upper left corner of the sun.


At least a dozen KGW viewers said they received recall notices from Amazon Saturday. Winds will calm, birds will roost. Previous studies observed animal behavior during an eclipse in 2001 and noted some animals went through their night routines as the sun disappeared, while others became nervous. The sky will take on an eerie grayish, dim glow.

Annular eclipses occur when the moon and sun are aligned, but the moon appears smaller than the sun. "But we only get these total ones where they're lined up just right about every 18 months". "You'll be giddy to see it, but you'll feel a tinge of sorrow when it's over". In other words, they are not in a straight line.

As the sun, the moon, and Earth line-up precisely with each other, the mighty solar corona is visible. Also, during the eclipse any normal shadow will reflect the activity of the eclipse. That central shadow creating that thin path is known as the path of totality.

Do not look directly at the eclipse. The corona consists of gas glowing at a temperature of 1 to 2 million degrees Celsius. Under normal conditions, the corona can not be seen from the ground because it is overwhelmed by the brightness of the sun's main disk, the photosphere. Do not remove them while looking at the sun. They will analyze the solar wind, which is particles moving out from the sun. Coverage will be featured during the live four-hour broadcast Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA. Note that they aren't 100% sure that these glasses or unsafe, they just had not received information from the vendor quoting an officially certified manufacturer, but why take the chance? Sunglasses are not sufficient. "So that means that ... most of the time, the moon is above or below the sun in the sky, and so it doesn't cover it up".

The quick answer to the question is that this scenario is extremely risky to the eyes of the viewer, because the viewer has essentially placed solar filters on the wrong end of the binoculars. This injury can occur without the viewer being immediately aware of it and it is permanent. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter - do not remove it while looking at the sun. There is roughly a 30-50 percent chance clouds will block the view of the eclipse at any given spot, the National Weather Service says.

There are ways of enjoying one of nature's greatest shows.

Now imagine the affordable magnifying glass being replaced with the advanced optics of today's binoculars or telescopes.

If you've already ordered glasses online, it might be a good idea to check when they're supposed to be delivered.

To help the community safely view the August 21 eclipse, Yorkshire Eye Clinic is giving away free eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-serve basis. Many organizations will be providing these cardboard-framed glasses free of charge.

"Just last night we were talking about the glasses, and thinking maybe we shouldn't trust them, even though the Amazon page made it fairly clear they were legit", he said.

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