NASA Scientist Weighs In on Solar Eclipse Do's and Don'ts

Friday, 18 Aug, 2017

The eclipse will start just before 2 p.m. on August 21 and will reach a maximum dimness at about 2:45 before finishing at 4 p.m. This path the shadow takes is called the path of totality.

Some are referring this is as the "American Eclipse" or the "National Eclipse" because the "path of totality" - the zone where the moon will appear to have completely blotted out the sun - will fall only within the boundaries of the USA for the first time since since 1776. In this case, the path of the eclipse passes over most of the continental US, so many people in big cities will be able to see the full eclipse, and many more will be able to see a partial eclipse. Inuit folklore viewed the sun and moon as a quarreling brother and sister, and here too, eclipses were seen as a time of forgiveness.

From Oregon to SC, 14 states will experience a total solar eclipse on August 21. There's also an old-school, indirect way of viewing.

How do we know when an eclipse is going to happen? We will have a much better view of that one, getting about a 90 percent eclipse in Bethlehem.

"Our team will be busy over the weekend putting together as many of these viewing tools as we can". Here is a list of NASA-approved manufacturers of special glasses and handheld viewers. But she's glad they won't using the questionable glasses. The school system says the eclipse is an excellent learning opportunity, but safety is a priority.

Metro-Nashville Public Schools announced Thursday its eclipse glasses have arrived and will be sent home with students later this week.

"We've had a large number of people disappointed they couldn't get tickets for the event, so we did a little research, put some minds to work and came up with some additional viewing options", said Fuller.

Washington County residents should prepare for some pretty insane traffic due to the Monday morning solar eclipse, according to Nebraska Depart...

Garvin warned the eclipse should only be viewed with special sunglasses that are at least 100,000 times darker than your regular sunglasses. But for astronomy and science buffs, next Monday, Aug. 21 will be different. "I am leaving it up to the respective classroom teachers to determine what they might do", MELHS Principal Dr. Jay Krause noted. Imagine spending $40 on a pair of throwaway glasses?

Next week's eclipse will be the first to cross the entire continental United States since 1918, however.

The Morris University Center food truck will be available for food and refreshments. Viewers are free to bring chairs, snacks and beverages. The details, of course, will change depending on how aware you are of the exact timing of the event, and even your emotional state and its impact on your sensory acuity. And if by some chance you get stuck in a meeting, or clouds decide to cover your view, this app has access to the NASA live stream.