Don't Miss The Solar Eclipse - Monday, August 21, 2017

Warning to eclipse-gazers: Wear solar filter glasses, watch out for counterfeits

Warning to eclipse-gazers: Wear solar filter glasses, watch out for counterfeits

The total solar eclipse is the first we've been able view from coast to coast since 1918, and it begins on the coast of OR at 10:15 a.m. PT on August 21.

Griggs spoke about how mankind has reacted to eclipses throughout history, especially before they understood the science of what was happening. When the moon's trajectory overlaps, the sun's position in relation to a given point on Earth, we experience either a partial or total eclipse, a phenomenon that generally takes place over a three-hour period. Many stores are now selling glasses they say are eclipse glasses. It will be the first coast-to-coast, US -only eclipse in 99 years. A total solar eclipse, however, reveals the sun's ghostly corona. The last total eclipse in the United States occurred on February 26, 1979. They wrote, "It has been almost 100 years since a total eclipse has moved from coast to coast across the #United States". The path of totality will enter in OR, cross through Kansas City and Nashville before exiting in SC, as illustrated by the graphic.

According to NASA, the safest way to get the best view of the eclipse is with a pair of "eclipse glasses", which use solar filters in the lenses to protect your vision.

The brighter stars will be able to be seen.

Finally between 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21 - the day of the eclipse - the library will host a solar eclipse viewing party for all to gather in the parking lot and watch the solar eclipse. While that may not be a total eclipse, it will still be an impressive celestial event. It is right in the path and likely will not be obscured by clouds. Hotels in the city are likely booked to capacity in anticipation. NASA shares several ways to make homemade eclipse viewers here, here, here and here. Throughout the cities in the eclipse's direct path, hotel rooms are completely booked for the night prior as excited stargazers prepare for the event.

10 days from now the Tri-State will experience the Great Solar Eclipse, but are you prepared?

Check the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers link, https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters, for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers that are verified to comply with ISO 12312-2, global safety standard for these products. "Even if the sun is 99 percent covered, you still need to wear glasses because that 1 percent is still enough to do irreparable damage to your eyes".

Scientists donated telescopes to trained volunteers to capture 90 minutes of the solar eclipse.

A solar eclipse takes place when the orbit of the moon puts it the path of the sun's rays beaming toward Earth.

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