USA in rare bull's-eye for total solar eclipse on August 21

USA in rare bull's-eye for total solar eclipse on August 21

It will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross coast-to-coast and the first to pass through any part of the Lower 48 states in 38 years. Everywhere you can point your camera can yield exceptional imagery, so be sure to compose some wide-angle photos that can capture your eclipse experience.

The event team asked people planning to attend the free event to register. Many places that were selling the glasses have sold out. The moon is about 400 times smaller than the sun, but its proximity to Earth during a solar eclipse makes it appear as though the two celestial bodies are the same size.

It has been almost 40 years since the last total solar eclipse cast its shadow across the contiguous United States.

The total eclipse will only be visible in a narrow 67-mile stretch of the country running from OR to SC. "The temperature could also actually decrease a few degrees during the eclipse in areas of totality and [places] close like we are", KIRO 7 PinPoint Meteorologist Morgan Palmer said. The action will peak at 11:26 a.m. and the whole process will end at 12:49 p.m.

Yes, indeed, and it is supposed to occur on August 21, and it is called a "total solar eclipse". 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. In a memo to the committee, the Department of Livability and Tourism lays out their concerns for the upcoming eclipse - namely traffic - which county officials have already said will be one of the main challenges during the event.

The eclipse isn't just a couple of moments in the dark in the middle of the day. After that, there won't be another occurrence until August 12, 2045, according to a news release.

Larry Ciupik director of Adler Planetarium's Doane Observatory, hopes even the most modest observations could help scientists fine-tune their knowledge of the solar system. The Bravas and Ragin' Cajun food trucks also will be parked nearby so people can enjoy food while they watch.

Eclipse glasses are being given away at McCracken County, Graves County and Calloway County libraries, but only during eclipse-related events.

Homemade filters and ordinary sunglasses don't provide enough protection for looking at the sun or the eclipse.

The 80 year old made his own viewer instead of using solar glasses. Only use a telescope or binoculars if they are fitted with reliable solar filters created to fit directly on the instruments and the operator knows how to use them. For anyone at a place where a partial solar eclipse with occur, the use of solar filters is mandatory. During that entire time you should NOT look directly at the sun without proper eye protection.

As thousands of people travel to SC to watch the historic eclipse, the hunt is on for protective lenses to view the phenomenon. The filter should always go on the front of the device. Google has also donated the glasses to public libraries throughout the country, where you can get them for free.



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