Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Eclipse science, myths discussed at Dalton State

Eclipse science, myths discussed at Dalton State

The total solar eclipse crossing America on August 21 will be the first eclipse to march from sea to shining sea in almost 100 years.

People in a path running from northwest to southeast from Washington state through Nebraska and eventually SC will see a total eclipse lasting two to three minutes.

The only one way to safely view a partial or total eclipse is with certified solar glasses - simple sunglasses are not enough.

A total solar eclipse is where the moon will completely cover the sun.

So it's time to rustle up special eclipse eyewear to use August 21, when the USA has its first full solar eclipse spanning coast to coast in 99 years.

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Here's a test, put on the glasses and if you can see the room you're in you probably shouldn't use those glasses to look at the sun. In ancient India, he said, people believed that the severed head of a deity named Rahu caused eclipses by swallowing the sun. "It's the first time we'll have such a wealth of information to study the effects of this eclipse; we'll be drowning in data", Earle said.

If you're looking at a partial eclipse, keep those glasses on.

"These glasses basically turn day to night", he noted.

The total solar eclipse path cuts across northeast Kansas, including Wyandotte County.

Fayetteville Public Library - The library is giving away the glasses while supplies last during an eclipse prep event on Sunday (Aug. 13) from 1:30-4 p.m.

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"This is historical, and I would encourage everyone to see it", said Nathan Podoll, M.D., assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

Q: That's not too far away, will the sun not be totally obscured here? Even though folks know that a total solar eclipse is happening, the experience can be awe-inspiring, beautiful, even eerie and unsettling.

All told, the many NY eyes on the eclipse found that it came a bit later than expected, and that its path was a bit farther north than scientists had predicted, thus teaching researchers more about how the moon moves around the Earth.

That eclipse didn't do much other than distract from the deluge of political news, according to "American Eclipse", but there's good reason to believe that this one could be different. But still people can experience the eclipse and view it if they take the proper precautions - that's important because there's a real risk to your eyes if you look directly at the sun even though it seems eclipsed, even though it seems OK. You can also make a nice pinhole projector inside a box, such as a large cereal box or shipping box.

If unable to make the trek to other neighboring states for the eclipse, NASA will be live streaming the event from locations across the country.

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CATE, the Continental American Telescope Eclipse, is an experiment more than two years in the making. Hold the object between the sun and a white surface, like a piece of paper or the sidewalk, to see an image of the sun on the screen.

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