Watching Next Month's Solar Eclipse? Here's How To Do It Safely

Watching Next Month's Solar Eclipse? Here's How To Do It Safely

University Libraries and the Lincoln Children's Museum are co-hosting a Solar Eclipse Pre-Party at 2 p.m. on August 20 featuring two SciPop talks, "Football Physics" and "Comic Book Physics 101", and two interactive lessons, "Potions of Harry Potter" and "Solar Eclipse Facts and Fun".

The last time a total solar eclipse spanned the contiguous United States like this year was in 1918. Not only is it a total solar eclipse, meaning the moon will completely block the sun from Earth, but it's also visible from the continental United States - and the path of totality stretches from coast to coast! He's cautioning people making the trip to Nebraska or Missouri to watch a total eclipse to be ready for spotty cell phone coverage, and to be self-sufficient that day. The sessions were led by experts from Nashville's Adventure Science Center and encouraged teachers to brainstorm lessons about the eclipse, as well as safe viewing practices. "Look anywhere there's a pinhole image, where the sun shines through a little crevice or something like that".

Total solar eclipses occur every year or two worldwide. "The sun is just so bright that there are things we can not see except for when the light is mostly blocked out for us". You can see the ghostly halo of the sun's atmosphere around the moon, poking out.

"We are really looking forward to seeing anybody and everybody", Kitchens said.

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Harold Henderson is the director of the Lake Afton Public Observatory. "Eventually it was concluded that nobody knows what he saw, but it wasn't a planet". Another prediction of Einstein's theory was that gravity would bend light, and to a greater degree than Newton's laws predicted. British astronomer Arthur Eddington provided the first evidence of this effect during the eclipse of 1919.

Sky watchers want to be within the "path of totality", a band that stretches through 14 states, from OR to SC.

"The straw that broke the camel's back", Kentrianakis said, came during an expedition to Argentina in February, where he positioned himself outside what should have been the edge of an annular eclipse - where the moon is circled by a bright "ring of fire". It will be pretty close with 83% of the sun obscured at peak.

However, one thing remains true for any eclipse, full or partial: Never look directly at the sun with the naked eye or with smoked glass or even prescription sunglasses.

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