Getting a great shot of a solar eclipse is something expert photographers can take years to master, travelling the world to secure the best images. You do not just see a total solar eclipse. Untold millions more will see it streaming online, or via photos and videos posted to social media.
Total solar eclipses are rare because they only occur when the plane of the moon's orbit lines up perfectly between the earth and the sun. "You have to be in totality to see the precise moments of time the sunlight hits the edge of the moon where it's cratered or there's a valley". During that time, you will be able to see the solar corona, which is a layer of plasma around the sun, with your naked eye. People weep, shake and unleash primal screams. The last total eclipse in the United States occurred on February 26, 1979. It will change us, but the question is, how?
The last total solar eclipse to be seen in the Roseburg area occurred February 3, 1562.
In light of recent news about potentially defective or counterfeit eclipse-viewing glasses, Dr. Michael Chipps - president of Northeast - sent an email reassuring the "college family" that the solar eclipse glasses being distributed by Northeast were manufactured in the United States and have been certified by the British Standards Institute.
Thorson and his fellow members of the local astronomy club, Friends of Galileo (FOG), said witnessing a total solar eclipse is a spiritual experience for many people.
That schedule has led some in the astronomy community to dub today's kids "Generation Eclipse".
As eclipse glasses sell out at retailers across the United States, customers are panicking as they realize that their glasses may not arrive in time for the once-in-a-lifetime event. That will be a big deal for us! During an eclipse, astronomers get an exceptional chance to study the photosphere "just up to a hundred miles from the sun's surface", she said. "Awe-inspiring sights encourage empathy and generosity and group cohesion. and total eclipses always do that". Only in areas that see the maximum total eclipse and during the peak eclipse is it safe to remove glasses (and that is a fairly short window).
One source told Business Insider that she had nearly purchased a five-pack of eclipse glasses on Amazon, before double checking the date - and realizing that they wouldn't arrive until September. Hence, areas or cities in the or path of totality will get many out-of-town, out-of-state and even out-of-country visitors. Oregon's Department of Transportation said the eclipse will cause "the biggest traffic event in OR history" as visitors descend on the state in cars and camper vans. Interstate 65 is also expected to experience increased volume.
Observers in the moon's umbral shadow will have the same events unfold as with the partial eclipse but much more noticeably.
Bob Baer, a Southern Illinois University physics professor, will be taking telescopic images of the eclipse in Carbondale as part of a NASA initiative to collect photos from almost 70 sites in the path of totality.
When daylight slowly surrendered into darkness during a solar eclipse in ancient times, some civilizations believed the spectacle was the result of an enormous creature devouring the sun. He's seen 27 in his lifetime, logging more than an hour of accumulated time in totality.
We will hear adjectives like spectacular, awesome, breathtaking, unbelievable and more describing the August 21 eclipse. "Clouds are the enemy of eclipse chasers", said Hahs. There are different types of eclipses...lunar...annular...partial and total. It will be an interesting astronomical event but not as dramatic as totality. Now he hopes kids will be inspired to carry the torch into the future.
Those in southern IL, near Carbondale, can catch the total eclipse. Look around you briefly, even behind you, and see how the colors differ across the sky.
Scammers have taken advantage of the hype surrounding the eclipse and released fake protective glasses, according to the Better Business Bureau. "That is awesome. Everything else pales in comparison". If you are not in the path of totality, you will have a different sense of the eclipse. During the eclipse, they'll launch high-altitude balloons packed with science experiments, artifacts and cameras. In reality though...if we can get a return back to more "typical" August weather... "We thought that the eclipse would be the exact opportunity to do all of those things". For Kansas? It will be 28 years from now and that one will only cross the southwest part of the state. A deep partial eclipse will be great fun too, despite their being no Totality. We won't know till it happens or not though for downtown KC.
And if this eclipse doesn't do the trick, plenty more are coming soon.