From about 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 21 the "Great American Solar Eclipse" will roll across the Great Northwest to Appalachia, then off the coast of SC.
Here's what will happen in Statesville, according to NASA: At 1:12 p.m., the moon will begin to cross in front of the sun, and the partial eclipse will begin. Cross your fingers that we get clear skies for the October 14, 2023 annular event.
Airfares have surged to cities near the path of the August 21 event, the first total solar eclipse visible coast-to-coast in the United States since 1918. Please note that the library will close for an hour so employees can be outside when the total eclipse occurs. The experience is so cool that people will travel thousands of miles just to spend a few seconds in darkness.
If you have the opportunity to go see the total eclipse, do it! And when sunlight was completely blocked during one eclipse, scientists in Mexico observed orb spiders tearing down their webs.
Go outside and hold the sheet of paper with the hole in it towards to sun. As a result, spectators will get to see another partial eclipse before the celestial event wraps. If you do make the trip there, get there in plenty of time ahead of the event.
With the date of the total solar eclipse approaching, public libaries have been hosting special programs over the last couple of weeks, and some are also providing eclipse glasses to the public.
Mankind has observed eclipses since the dawn of time. The moon will slowly and silently creep over the disk of the sun. The result? An eerie, silvery atmosphere. You will begin to see bright tiny "solar crescents" dancing on the ground in the shadows of tree leaves/branches.
Adults & Teens are invited to learn more about the eclipse with Murray State University's Dr. Matt Williams.
Just seconds before the sun gets nearly completely covered by the moon, beads of the only remaining visible sunlight will be filtered through the mountains and valleys of the moon.
Eclipse glasses are the only safe way to watch the eclipse, according to the American Astronomical Society.
For DSLR cameras, the best way to determine the correct exposure is to test settings on the uneclipsed Sun beforehand. That signals the start of Second Contact.
During a solar eclipse, such as the one that will happen on August 21, the moon comes between the Earth and the sun, blocking out the light of the sun. This year's eclipse will be a once- or twice-in-a-lifetime event for many American adults, but if you were born in 2010, you could witness eight total solar eclipses on American soil before turning 70. In a flash after Bailey's Beads, the light is gone and the ghostly solar crown or corona appears with small bright reddish tongues of fire called prominences. Some have likened it to a white flower, or cotton candy smeared around the moon.
Atkinson explained burning a retina, which can occur if a person looks directly at the sun without protection, is painless. Look around you briefly, even behind you, and see how the colors differ across the sky. By 10:15 a.m., the sky will be noticeably darker and the planet Venus will suddenly pop out 30 degrees above and to the right of the sun. Mars and Mercury are also close to the eclipse, though they may be hard to see with the naked eye. This astronomical event is a unique opportunity for scientists studying in the shadow of the Moon, but it's also a ideal opportunity to capture unforgettable images.