First Solar Eclipse Since 1918 Is Coming!

09 August, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • NASA warplane to capture total eclipse 2017

"Having so many people experience an eclipse like this is what makes it rare", said Emily Rice, an astronomer and assistant professor at the College of Staten Island.

Obscuring of the sun by the moon on August 21 2017 will not give solar PV generators enough light to function. The eclipse will reach its peak at 1:17 p.m.

The eclipse will begin at 9:06 a.m. PDT in Madras, Oregon with totality - the period when the moon is completely blocking the sun - coming about an hour later.

Could your eclipse glasses be counterfeit? It was the ancient Greeks who figured out the mathematics involved when the earth, moon and sun line up on the same plane causing an eclipse, he said.

Lattis talked about how UW-Madison scientists were solar eclipse chasers, from the 1920s through the 1940s, for a UW-Madison News feature story. The tech giant has promised to ship some 2 million glasses to 4,800 public libraries across the USA, all in the hopes that as many kids as possible will get to see the moon crossing directly in front of the sun. This observation of the sun between the stars was only possible during a total eclipse, the only time stars are visible in the day time. The totality path begins with the residents of Lincoln Beach, Oregon, at 10:16 a.m. PST and ends in Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. EDT. About 4,000 years ago, Zhong Kang (reigned 2088-2075 BCE), the fourth king of the Xia Dynasty, beheaded two of his astrologers for failing to predict an eclipse, which had resulted in confusion and panic among the common people. Everyone else must view the partially eclipsed sun through eclipse glasses or viewers that meet ISO 12312-2 worldwide standards, or through devices such as pinhole projectors. Viewers in areas with total coverage will be able to take their glasses off during the peak of the event, when sun rays are completely blocked, but Minnesotans who want to watch will need to keep their protective eyewear on.

The Aug. 21 solar eclipse will reduce the sunlight needed to create electricity at around 1,900 utility-scale solar arrays around the U.S., but the eclipse is not expected harm grid reliability, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.


"The best simile I use is the Grand Canyon", Beucher said.

Make sure to check your glasses for pinholes or scratches by holding them up to the light. Here's where you can find them.

Unfortunately, the glasses are too dark to be used for any objective other than viewing the sun.

"People should never look directly into the sun except when it's in totality", said Christine Jones, a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and president of the society.

Meanwhile, H.R. Ministries in Princeton, Kentucky is preparing to host a three day festival called SolQuest for the goal of evangelizing to the people who are expected to converge on the small town to view the eclipse.

In addition to being a NASA ambassador, Mick runs the nonprofit program Space St. Croix in Hudson, Wisconsin.

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