Solar Eclipse Safe Viewing Seminar

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Solar Eclipse Safe Viewing Seminar

For the first time in almost four decades, the United States will be affected by a total solar eclipse on August 21. But I'm certainly no expert on this matter, so check out our Guide to the 2017 Total Eclipse included with this column (scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the PDF) and judge for yourself when you need to run outside and see day turn into night.

Portland resident Dan Fellini bought a pack of four solar eclipse glasses with his wife and a friend. For anyone at a place where a partial solar eclipse with occur, the use of solar filters is mandatory.

The eclipse glasses I purchased were made in the U.S.A.by American Paper Optics, LLC - which is on the AAS list. I'll be heading down to SC along with AccuWeather's Reed Timmer to cover the eclipse.

He says this time around, he'll watch the eclipse on TV.

A solar eclipse happens, on average, a couple of times a year. Clear skies allowing, of course. McGlaun has a webpage dedicated to the event here eclipse2017.org/. The City of Statesville itself won't be inside a path of totality for an eclipse until 2645, so don't wait around for that one. I agree with the first claim but not with the last two.

With a week left until Oregon's anticipated total solar eclipse, Amazon has issued a recall for some eclipse glasses the retail giant says might not have come from a recommended manufacturer.

Q: What special plans do you have for August 21?

Since then, Zeiler has traveled the world to see seven more: from a farm in rural Austria to the tropical rainforests of Gabon to the ice-covered Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Illinois State Police anticipate many people will hit the roads to see the eclipse in its totality.

The partial eclipse is scheduled to start in Brookings at 11:37 a.m. That central shadow creating that thin path is known as the path of totality. It will be mostly intellectual with a few moments of something happening.

How weird is it that the moon can basically exactly block out the sun?

Public libraries, schools, nature centers and even optometrists throughout McHenry County have organized educational sessions and safe viewing events to make the "Great American Eclipse", as it's been named, accessible to all.

"The concern with the eclipse is that when it is in the partial phase, the natural reflex to shy away from looking at the sun is reduced, and that is unsafe because of the possibility of developing solar retinopathy, which can occur without the person knowing it", he said.

The quick answer to the question is that this scenario is extremely unsafe to the eyes of the viewer, because the viewer has essentially placed solar filters on the wrong end of the binoculars.

Here in Douglas county, the "bite" will get very large with the sun shrinking to a razor thin crescent 3 or 4 percent across. During this 10 minutes (from 10:12 to 10:22 a.m.), you will get a hint at totality. It can be pretty spectacular, especially where you have sunshine shining through the leaves of a tree on the ground or a wall or something. The sky was blacked out, and the sun was a little glowing orange orb. And at the new moon, there will be a solar eclipse, when the sun is blocked by the moon. Ninety-five percent is related to the solar eclipse. This path the shadow takes is called the path of totality. The sun's corona, or top layer, is only visible during a total solar eclipse.

Those in southern IL, near Carbondale, can catch the total eclipse. The pitch-black umbral shadow will be seen racing toward you at over 2,000 miles per hour. The sky becomes very dark, as if it were night. Yet, a unusual arc of bright twilight can be seen near the horizon all around you. The corona appears as wispy fingers of white light swaying in space. "You'll be giddy to see it, but you'll feel a tinge of sorrow when it's over". Is it worth the fuss?

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