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

Local science organizations offer help to prepare for the solar eclipse

Local science organizations offer help to prepare for the solar eclipse

As thousands of people travel to SC to watch the historic eclipse, the hunt is on for protective lenses to view the phenomenon. Although our viewing area isn't in the path of totality, Arkansas and Oklahoma will still see a near eclipse. They happen every once in awhile, the last big one was in 2012. During the eclipse, scientists will know exactly how much solar radiation is blocked, the area of land it is blocked over and for how long.

Astronomical society members will set up telescopes with protective solar filters and will have projectors available so people can see the eclipse up close, the news release said.

The next total solar eclipse after that will be in 2045 and more southern than the 2017 eclipse.

"It is an unspeakable sight", Zeiler said, describing the moon as appearing "sort of as a black hole".

Contrast that to the 21 century, when we'll see six widely visible total solar eclipses starting this year and ending in 2099.

The occasion is an eclipse of the sun, when the moon passes between that bright celestial body and the earth.

On Aug. 21, you have a chance to revisit that phenomenon.

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The college is pulling out all stops to make the "Great Eclipse Caper Event" educational, safe and fun.

Those interested in observing the eclipse will need to take into consideration timing, location and safety.

Teachers are getting ready to safely view the eclipse with pinhole viewers and glasses made to view the eclipse.

If you're looking at a partial eclipse, keep those glasses on. The eclipse itself ends at 4:01 p.m. EDT.

The 20 century was a dry period for total solar eclipses in the U.S. Eclipses cut across significant portions of the country three times over a 30 year period in the early 1900s.

Remember, you can not substitute sunglasses for solar viewing glasses and if you look directly at the eclipse with your naked eyes, you may cause serious eye damage.

"During a regular eclipse, if you stay in one place, you can only see the corona for 1 or 2 minutes", Uitenbroeck said, "Putting telescopes at different places allows us to build up a time series where we can see how the corona changes".

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The professor will offer a preview of the upcoming eclipse to those who attend. The planetarium's Far Horizons team, a group of students, volunteers and Adler members, will travel to Perryville, Mo., to launch a pair of high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere to capture 360-degree video of the eclipse.

As the eclipse progresses, Truska said, people will start noticing the blue daytime sky turn darker and darker. The Earth moves into the shadow created by the moon.

Shadow bands: Immediately before and after the, look for shadow bands on the ground and other surfaces.

Nampa Public Library also hosted an event prior to the eclipse on August 9 with Boise State University's assistant professor of Physics Brian Jackson as the guest speaker. This will not mean it will be 68% darker than normal in Syracuse.

When the moon passes between the Earth and the sun on August 21, the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) will capture the view of the eclipse from Stockton with a solar telescope and stream the celestial show via the SJCOE Live YouTube Channel.

"Seeing a total eclipse - the beauty of it, the awe of it, the humbling of it - seeing how tiny we are, it really puts a lot of things into perspective", Espenak said.

I know it takes will power, but don't look at it.

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The eclipse has afforded residents in the path new entrepreneurial opportunities.

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