Two local science organizations are offering help to people wondering how to observe the solar eclipse, which will impact all of the mainland United States on August 21.
"This is a really wonderful chance to just open the public's eyes to wonder", says Montana State University's Angela Des Jardins, a physicist in charge of a NASA eclipse ballooning project.
The path of totality will stretch along a route from OR to SC.
"The eclipse turns off the ionosphere's source of high-energy radiation", said Bob Marshall, a space scientist at University of Colorado Boulder and principal investigator for one of the studies. In 1878, a total solar eclipse crossed the American West south into the Gulf of Mexico. The Benton branch in Marshall County is also out-of-stock, but expects to have more next week. But if you're not wearing certified eclipse glasses, you could be in danger of damaging your eyes.
"It is an unspeakable sight", Zeiler said, describing the moon as appearing "sort of as a black hole".
In Rhode Island, we'll only get to see a partial eclipse.
If you're lucky enough to be in the path of totality, you may notice a change in the sky's hue as the shadow moves closer to you, Young says. The moon goes around the Earth, the Earth goes around the sun, we know those periods very precisely. What makes it so "great" and so "American"? In any one location, a total solar eclipse occurs, on average, every 375 years. In 2017, officials estimate 1 million people will converge onto the path of totality in OR alone, with millions joining in across the country. It will be an interesting astronomical event but not as dramatic as totality. That's the only time it's safe to view the eclipse without protection.
The Vacaville Public Library-Town Square Library will host a Pre-Eclipse Extravaganza at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Everyone is buzzing about the upcoming August 21 solar eclipse.
Another method is to make a simple pinhole projector.
Watch the weather. While the sky will still get dark if clouds cover the sun, you won't see the dramatic effects of the eclipse.
Eastern Washington promises the best views of the eclipse. The planetarium's Far Horizons team, a group of students, volunteers and Adler members, will travel to Perryville, Mo., to launch a pair of high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere to capture 360-degree video of the eclipse. First, let's review some basics about this much-anticipated event. Krupp said the eclipse will start at 9:05 a.m. PST and be done by 11:44 a.m. PST.
Satellites and ground telescopes will also aim at the sun and at the moon's shadow cutting a swath some 60 to 70 miles wide (97 to 113 kilometers) across the land. "It's unusual to have twilight and hard crisp short shadows that look like midday shadows".
Samantha Blair, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, spoke about what actually does happen during an eclipse.