Solar eclipse 2017: Here's how to view it without special glasses

Mindy Sparks
August 13, 2017

A total solar eclipse is a rare educational experience that doesn't cost anything, and that kids won't likely soon forget.

Those in southern IL, near Carbondale, can catch the total eclipse.

The total solar eclipse crossing America on August 21st, 2017 will be the first eclipse to march from sea to shining sea in almost 100 years. The next total eclipse won't occur in the USA until April 2024 and the next total eclipse won't touch Virginia until May 2078. It will start in Texas and go in a northeast direction, through OH and up into Canada.

Science Central's gift shop is selling solar eclipse viewing cards for $1.99 each to the public and for $1 each for Science Central members.

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

The 17 westernmost counties of North Carolina lie on the path of totality, as well as the SC cities of Columbia and Greenville.

Fram, who works on a project known as the Ocean Observatories Initiative, will be able to get data from six bio-acoustic sonars off the Northwest coast _ three that are directly in the path of totality and three that are not. "But to suddenly hear all those noisy birds get quiet as the eclipse got close, that was a powerful sensory experience".

Library hours are from 10 a.m.to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. At maximum, a sliver of light will remain in the upper left corner of the sun.

Syphers said the sun will be 91 percent covered from the vantage point in Cheney. The sky will take on an eerie grayish, dim glow. Day is now night.

Although we won't see a ideal alignment in the United Kingdom, we will be able to see a partial eclipse (where the Moon covers only a part of the Sun).

Solar eclipse 2017: Here's how to view it without special glasses
Solar eclipse 2017: Here's how to view it without special glasses

On August 21، the Moon will slide in front of the Sun and for a brief moment، day will melt into a dusky night in the US. The Earth moves into the shadow created by the moon. "But we only get these total ones where they're lined up just right about every 18 months".

"So, when the moon is orbiting around the Earth, it actually has an incline compared to that sun-Earth plane [of] about 5 degrees", he explains.

The "path of totality" - a 70-mile-wide swath of land stretching from coast to coast, where the moon will completely block out the sun for a few minutes - includes parts of around a dozen states. In other words, they are not in a straight line. You don't even need to be in the path of totality to participate.

Astronomers from all over the world will be studying this eclipse, so what will they look for?

"The corona... gives valuable information about the temperature of the Sun's atmosphere". 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.

They'll be participating in the "Our Reservation: Our Eclipse" competition, a collaboration between the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, which is using NASA grant money to bring in about 100 kids from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and northern California. "As we learn more about the safety concerns related to Eclipse glasses, we'll assess changes regarding your disbursement reserve balance". Before and after totality, eye protection is necessary for anyone in the narrow path of totality. Sunglasses are not sufficient. Looking directly at the sun can be harmful to the eyes, even when most of it is blocked by the moon, so special viewing devices or techniques are needed. This is what we on the ground observe as a solar eclipse. This injury can occur without the viewer being immediately aware of it and it is permanent. Turn away from the sun before removing the solar filter.

He says this time around, he'll watch the eclipse on TV. But even a small piece of the sun is sending out risky ultraviolet light. "Those are going to be some great moments to capture to show the emotion of the whole thing". First, a warning. Never look at the sun through a telescope or binoculars. They usually consist of cardboard frames (more expensive ones are made of sturdier plastic) that hold a Mylar or, more typically, black polymer material that filters out harmful solar rays.

So be sure to buy eclipse glasses, but don't spend a lot: $1 glasses with paper filters are fine. Many organizations will be providing these cardboard-framed glasses free of charge. Amazon still has glasses available through third-party retailers - but there's a catch. Cut a square out of the middle of a cardstock, tape a piece of aluminum foil over the hole, and put a pinhole in the foil.

Don't miss this eclipse.


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