March 21 2018

The Houstonian's guide to the August 21 solar eclipse

March 21 2018, 10:14 | Jodi Jackson

"We got exhausted of wondering when people were going to be coming and wondering when they would be leaving and wondering where they would be staying", she said.

A lot of places are running out of glasses as we get closer to the big day, but stores like Walmart are selling them - and KTVB will be distributing ISO-certified eclipse glasses at the Total Eclipse of the Fair to fair ticket holders.

This total eclipse will be visible in only certain states, but a partial eclipse will be seen in several others. Much of Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties will see a total solar eclipse with 100% of the sun blocked by the moon. As a result, total solar eclipses will cease to exist in the very distant future, because the apparent size of the moon in Earth's sky will be too small to cover the sun completely.

Stencel will be traveling to Wyoming to see the eclipse in its totality. Kerrigan tells us that the sun's brightness will be similar to right after sunrise or sunset.

Other activities planned include high schoolers reading about the inclusion of an eclipse in the storyline of Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", and how a character plays the natural happening to his advantage; and in social studies classes, students will learn about the ancient cultures' explanations of solar eclipses.

The Solar Eclipse Experience will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the Academic Commons, also known as the library, Mager said.

But professionals have a few words of strongly urged advice: never, ever point any type of camera, telescope or binoculars at the sun, even during a almost full eclipse, without a certified solar filter firmly attached to the front of the lens.

The Moon will pass directly between the Earth and sun on August 21, 2017, casting the Moon's shadow on the continental USA from coast to coast for more than 90 minutes. The grid will show the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.

"Just before totality, if you have a good view of the horizon, look west for the approaching shadow". The moon will move between the sun and Earth blocking the light of the sun. Because they are in such high demand (theoretically 300 million or so people in the USA need them), you never now if there will be any delay with the shipping. When you put the glasses on, the lenses are so black that you won't see a thing in any direction around you-only the sun's disk when you look up.

NASA's Eclipse 101 page says even your darkest sunglasses won't protect you. At that moment, the most incredible astronomical event that you will ever witness will appear over your head.

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