March 21 2018

Help Us Make A Playlist For The Solar Eclipse

March 21 2018, 10:06 | Jodi Jackson

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The Aug. 21 solar eclipse, when passage of the moon completely blocks out the sun, will be seen first in OR and cut diagonally across 14 states to SC. Every two to five years, on average, Earthlings are treated to a partial solar eclipse in which the moon, sun and Earth aren't exactly lined up.

Since viewing the partial eclipse is unsafe without protective eyewear, many people are purchasing "eclipse glasses" or special viewers.

From 1 4 p.m., the Danville Science Center, in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, will host a solar eclipse viewing party.

The idea is to gather a rich data set around the first total solar eclipse to cross a large portion of the United States in nearly 100 years. Millions of people across the United States are eagerly tuning in to their local meteorologists or refreshing their favorite apps, all hoping for the same thing: clear skies overhead Monday for the total solar eclipse. The park will have a limited supply of solar viewing glasses to view the eclipse and rangers will demonstrate other techniques to view it safely. Temperatures in those areas could tumble by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit (5.6 Celsius), according to Paul Walker, a meteorologist with AccuWeather State College, Pennsylvania. An excerpt from the article in the Gettysburg Republican Banner said as follows.

"There are two to five solar eclipses each year somewhere on the planet", Hermann said. The last time it crossed land for a comparable amount of time was 1860, when astronomers had to mail each other hand-drawn sketches of the images from their telescopes in order to study the corona.

"I don't think they have to worry about their dogs or cats looking up at the sun, because it's not natural for them to do that, but a lot of people get together, they might shoot off fireworks or honk their horns".

Maxwell is traveling to Tennessee Monday to take photos of the full eclipse. Before that, in 1970, a total solar eclipse skirted the Atlantic coastline from Florida to Virginia. So you feel the change rather quickly.

The sun is powerful enough that direct exposure to its light can damage your eyes or damage your camera sensor if you point a zoom lens directly at it.

The last total solar eclipse with a shadow that passed over the continental USA was in 1979, and the last one visible from Seward occurred at 7:38 a.m. on April 22, 1194.

Another option if you're taking the kids to see the eclipse is the Wagner Free Institute.

But what's the value for those not in the path of totality?

At totality, prepare for oddness, at least for a few minutes.

People are invited to go there starting at 1:00 p.m. and they can share some of the solar glasses that the library has.

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