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Informational program on the upcoming eclipse

Informational program on the upcoming eclipse

The solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 will be seen across all of the United States.

Even the "diamond ring" parts of a solar eclipse, when there is the tiniest sliver of the Sun showing on either side of the Moon, are too risky to view without protection.

The TV critics and reporters attending the Television Critics Association summer press tour probably didn't. In addition to viewing the eclipse, the libraries will have a live stream of the eclipse, which includes factoids from NASA. For the lucky folks in the direct path of the eclipse - the path of totality - it's sure to be an awe-inspiring and otherworldly event. June 8, 1918 was the last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States. The traffic jams alone are expected to be epic.

And it's not the first time.in July 1878, another solar eclipse passed over the country, also called American Eclipse.

Due to the fact Everly is so passionate about astronomy, he found a way to buy the special glasses from the Astronomical League cheap enough to give them to the community for free.

An astronomical phenomenon is just weeks away, but teachers are getting ready for the solar eclipse today. An analogy I like to share is a thin crust pizza analogy.

36525 (Mobile County) - The eclipse will peak at 1:33 p.m. CDT when the moon obscures 81.9 percent of the sun.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to cover completely the disk of the sun in the sky. "And so it's just an incredible, wonderful coincidence".

This upcoming eclipse - which will very likely be the most-watched total solar eclipse in history, NASA officials have said - will provide a chance for others inside and outside the path of totality to help verify its size.

The sun can not be safely viewed with the naked eye.

"This is something that happens once in a lifetime", added Edmondson.

The balloons NASA will use to study the eclipse are huge.

Des Jardins' excitement about the eclipse was apparent, as she went to explain why it's an extraordinary event. Only a 70 mile path stretching across the US will be under the total solar eclipse. "It gets dark in the daytime".

"In the case of a total eclipse you're immersed in the shadow of the moon, and you can actually see out of the shadow - it's like twilight all around the horizon". It's the most wonderful natural phenomenon that happens from the surface of the Earth. "Total solar eclipses are rare and awe-inspiring events. So it's a completely different message for the folks in the USA this time".

Another total eclipse will not be visible in Hawaii this century. "This is open to the whole family - kids and grownups and grownups without kids".

"There is not a safe period where you can take them off...up here it is CRITICAL that they keep their glasses on through the whole event", Everly said. It's happened in the past.

A partial eclipse isn't as dramatic as a full eclipse, but is still worth watching, as long as you don't look directly at it. Pacific Daylight Time and ending near Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m.


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