Here's Why A Total Solar Eclipse Is So Unusual

10 August, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Get a pair of eclipse glasses that will actually protect you

Then we drove way up north from Ravenna to the Garfield Park Recreation Center, where they had advertised a program to view the rare "annular eclipse", where the moon is too far from Earth to totally block the sun, leaving a ring of fire around the moon's shadow at its peak.

"The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or handheld solar viewers", AAS writes on its eye safety website. In this case, unscrupulous companies are selling unsafe eyewear. "You don't want to sit and just stare at the sun".

As for the nation's power grid, utilities that rely on solar power will need to use fossil power plants, nuclear stations and dams to compensate for the loss of an estimated 9 gigawatts of solar energy as the shadow moves across the nation at 1,000 miles per hour. What this means for sky watchers in southern Nevada, where there will be only a partial eclipse, is that there will not be any period of time at all during which the event will be safe to view without solar filters; and to view a total eclipse in the western USA, they will have to travel north. That darkness will last for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds. This gives public safety agencies a better understanding of where visitors will go so they can mitigate potential traffic chokepoints.

People should look for the manufacturer's name and address printed on the products. They have issued an alert to drivers about how easily a vehicle can spark a blaze. As I browsed online, every seller promised that its glasses were "certified".

The eclipse will be visible from most places in America, but only a limited portion of the country will experience the total eclipse. This is not the time to skip doing your homework.

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On property along the Nantahala River, Mainspring will provide restrooms, yard games, eclipse-viewing glasses and water.

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The tragedy will be if it turns out to be cloudy in the valley and everybody thinks they will drive over the pass, he adds. Even glasses that are scratched or wrinkled should be avoided, according to NASA.

"It's all nonsense", said Mark Margolis, of NASA-approved Rainbow Symphony.

If the skies do not cooperate for us here in Kokomo, try a livestream of the eclipse from for example.

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There's lots of money to be made from what's being called the "Great American Eclipse".

If viewing through a telescope, you have to have the proper filter on it for safe viewing.

Here's a Post FAQ on what you need to know about the eclipse: Ordinary sunglasses, even dark ones, are not strong enough to protect your eyes.

The AAS notes that 6,900 libraries across the USA have free eclipse glasses, and that NASA, Astronomers Without Borders and some other organizations are offering free viewers.

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