Our first solar eclipse in decades occurs in August

Our first solar eclipse in decades occurs in August

Q: How can I view the eclipse safely? If you are reading this at work and want to ask for the day off, you will soon find that all of your science geek colleagues have already asked off for this random Monday in August.

The only safe way to look directly at the sun during the eclipse outside the path of totality is through special-purpose solar filters, like eclipse glasses, or hand-held solar viewers, NASA officials said, noting that sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun during an eclipse. The totality path is about 70 miles wide, and anyone in that path can see total coverage.

And listen to it and feel it. This solar eclipse will be visible, weather cooperating, all across the United States of America. Within 90 minutes, the sun will very nearly disappear completely, leaving almost total darkness. OH area, the eclipse will begin shortly after one o'clock in the afternoon on August 21.

If you're lucky enough to witness this spectacular astronomical phenomenon, make sure you bring your eclipse glasses-and a thermometer.

UO physics undergraduate student Charity Woodrum will be joining Fisher in Madras. The eclipse is the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S.in 99 years.

"As these projects show, the eclipse will place the sun firmly in the forefront of the national eye", said Scott McIntosh, director of NCAR's High Altitude Observatory. Some fans will travel around the world to catch them. Low-cost eclipse glasses have special safety filters that appear similar to sunglasses, but these do permit safe viewing. He says those in the path of totality don't necessarily need to have protective glasses. But expect a huge crowd if you do go that option, and start making lodging plans yesterday.

Courtesy of NASA
Courtesy of NASA

"You will probably be able to see Jupiter and Venus fairly close to the sun, and if you look, it will look like the sunrise in every direction", Howard told Channel 9.

Shortly after 9 a.m. August 21, the sky will start to turn black.

"The moon is about one-fourth the size of the earth and about 400 times smaller than the sun". Within the narrow path of the totality, the moon can entirely block the sun's bright face. When the Sky Goes Dark gives picture examples that explains what occurs during an eclipse.

Gutsch, a retired distinguished professor of the College of the Arts and Sciences at Saint Peter's University in Jersey City and former chairman of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York City, cautions that viewing and photographing the eclipse needs to be done safely.

The credibility of Einstein's theory of relativity was increased during a solar eclipse in 1919. It's why this celestial event has been dubbed "The Great American Eclipse".

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