Library gives out safe eclipse viewing glasses

Posted August 02, 2017

Roughly every 18 months or so, a total solar eclipse happens somewhere on the globe.

For the couple of minutes that the sun is completely blocked, it's OK to use your camera.

21's solar eclipse, NASA is asking for the help of "citizen scientists" all over the US with collecting and analyzing environmental observations.

The 70-mile-wide path of totality will extend from OR to SC, passing through Nashville, Murfreesboro, Sparta, Cookeville, Crossville, Sweetwater, Athens, and Clingman's Dome, contributor Carolyn Krause wrote in this story. "Just before it's over, you'll see beads of light starting to form on the trailing edge". The next will be in 2024. The sun would be 400 times that distance. When the eclipse is at its maximum, around 10:20 a.m., about 62 percent of the sun will be covered. The eclipse will be over at 11:39 a.m. John Hewitt, UNF astronomy professor, has never seen a total eclipse but he assures that it's one of the most impressive things you can experience.

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But before we begin, remember this important safety tip: Don't look directly at the sun except during totality. This eclipse will also be visible from Europe, Australia, Africa, South-East America, Antarctica, Asia and all the oceans, informed Suresh Chopane, president of sky watch group from Chandrapur. You can use a pinhole projector, which can be easily made out of cardboard, to view the partial eclipse, and there are other safe techniques.

Look for weird shadows on the ground by trees.

If you want to take a picture of the eclipse your camera will also need a special filter to prevent damage to the camera's sensor.

As the Moon orbits Earth it occasionally passes between us and the sun.

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Penumbra - The part of the moon's shadow on Earth where a partial eclipse is seen.

There is no guarantee that the sky will be clear on August 21, but the eclipse will still be noticeable.

You'll need to find the right places to see the eclipse in totality, so The Mac Observer put together the resources you need to find where to go, how to track the eclipse, and how to keep your eyes safe, too. The chromosphere is the thin red layer encircling the sun. All three locations will have a limited supply of solar glasses and Junior Ranger eclipse books. It's asking people within and outside of the path of totality to record plant and wildlife behavior near them. The shutting off of the sun does not bring utter darkness; it is more like falling through a trapdoor into a dimly lit, unrecognizable reality. Four planets (Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus) will be visible to the naked eye, as well as several bright stars. "It is the eye of the cosmos".

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