The science behind the Great American Eclipe

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The science behind the Great American Eclipe

NASA is set to study the Earth's ionosphere during the upcoming total solar eclipse in the USA, to better understand the Sun's relationship to the region of the atmosphere where satellites orbit and radio signals are reflected towards our planet. Local 6 ran out of our solar eclipse glasses within just a few days.

Science Central's event Sunday will show people how to experience the solar eclipse safely during hands-on activities and demonstrations, the science center said on its website, www.sciencecentral.org. This year's eclipse will be a once- or twice-in-a-lifetime event for many American adults, but if you were born in 2010, you could witness eight total solar eclipses on American soil before turning 70.

For DSLR cameras, the best way to determine the correct exposure is to test settings on the uneclipsed Sun beforehand.

"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".

Of all the eclipses he's seen, though, this one has him the most excited - not just because of its path across the US, but because of its potential to inspire a whole new generation of science.

"It is certainly unsafe to look at the sun with a naked eye and that's why it's important to get the correct glasses", Merlo says. "Now we're hearing that Atchison, all those places, are so busy, they may not make it to those places". In fact, we've known about this eclipse, and it's been on all of our calendars for decades now.

Eclipse Safari offers the NASA live stream of the Eclipse and a Twitter feed with the latest eclipse related tweets.

It may be tempting to take the glasses off, to just view the eclipse using the clouds as a filter.

The above map shows the start, peak and end times of the eclipse, across the country. But Carbondale will see its second total solar eclipse in April 2024.

There are several viewing parties planned here for the community and tourists. Areas covered in dark blue are likely to have clearer skies;, the areas in white could experience cloud cover. The solar filters, which must meet the worldwide standard ISO 12312-2, are used in eclipse glasses and hand-held filters. Pizza also will be available for purchase.

Scammers have taken advantage of the hype surrounding the eclipse and released fake protective glasses, according to the Better Business Bureau. All guests checking in at a hotel in Kansas City, Kansas, on Sunday, Aug. 20, will receive complimentary solar eclipse glasses.

The eclipse of the century is fast approaching on August 21 and it will be a show for the ages.

Visitors can pick up a limited number of the free glasses at Penn Dixie during normal business hours. It will be billed as a partial solar eclipse for Monroe County. What you see will vary greatly depending on your location.

Ultimately, the scientists plan to use their data to improve models of ionospheric dynamics, NASA said.

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