Local science organizations offer help to prepare for the solar eclipse

Local science organizations offer help to prepare for the solar eclipse

Commencing at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1:15 p.m. EDT), a lunar shadow 73 miles wide will take one hour and 33 minutes to travel from OR on the west coast to SC on the east, allowing continuous observation for 90 minutes.

So, on August 21, make sure you have your eclipse viewer handy (which you can buy or make - sunglasses won't be enough to protect your eyes!) And, keep an eye on the weather. Then the shadow will start decreasing until the full sun is again visible at about 4 p.m.

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After Baily's Beads disappear, you enter the most exciting part of an eclipse: Totality.

The path of totality (where the sun is completely obscured) entered just above Portland, Ore.; passed through Denver, Colo. before exiting off the east coast of Central Florida. The eclipse will certainly be noticeable, but no place in IN will experience totality this eclipse. This means, weather permitting, residents will see a majority of the sun's diameter covered by the moon and experience unnatural darkness in the midday.

Once a month, the moon's orbit takes it directly between Earth and the sun - we know it as the new moon, when the night sky is darkest because the moon is out at the same time as the sun. It should be noted that certain places may not have glasses in stock when you get there, so be sure to keep trying before it's too late! He said the glasses should meet the requirements for the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, which is approved by NASA. The total event will be completed by 2:24 p.m., lasting a total of two hours and 47 minutes. NASA has a listing of reputable companies selling solar glasses on a website, so type in NASA recommended solar glasses and you should be able to find it. Directions for use are on the glasses, and mine says don't look continuously, only intermittently.

The only way to look directly at the sun when it's not eclipsed or is only partly eclipsed is with a special solar filter, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer. The best option is to buy some solar viewing glasses which allow you to look directly at the sun for short periods.

NASA will host an Eclipse Megacast, providing unique coverage of the astronomical event that will include commentary from scientists and the public, as well as live footage of the phenomenon.

"I have glasses that have been provided to the library we can pass out for people to use". It is notsafe to view the eclipse with regular sunglasses. The mom who responded to the Solar Eclipse Party Facebook invite has good reason to ask you to reschedule.

Do not watch the partial eclipse through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

The Great American Eclipse, the first solar eclipse visible in all of America since 1979, is coming up fast.