Heading to OR for the solar eclipse? Better plan ahead


There are solar eclipses every year to some degree or another somewhere on Earth, but obviously the thing about this one is it's become The Great American Eclipse of 2017 because it's visible to us along such a lengthy cross-country path.

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in a band about 65 miles wide stretching from OR to SC.

An article in Popular Astronomy from the time, written by the magazine's editor, H.C. Wilson, warned that professional astronomers would be congregating near established observatories in NY and CT, and that it would be "important therefore that amateurs all along the path of the total eclipse should do all that they can to obtain records of the phenomena of the eclipse" in the event that bad winter weather clouded the observatories' views.

Total solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth and blocks all or part of the sun.

Some business aircraft flights may be affected by the total solar eclipse that will occur on August 21, said Heidi Williams, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure.

The path goes just south of the IN border, which means Fort Wayne will experience a partial solar eclipse with about 85 percent of the sun blocked, Science Central Executive Director Martin S. Fisher said IN a news release.

"Unfortunately, when it comes to safety with a solar eclipse, 99.9 percent coverage means a 0.1 percent area of the sun that is still uncovered and is every bit as unsafe", Chou said. We will be having a special solar eclipse party in downtown Almonte. The app maker suggests you can instead use the filter in the app, and your smartphone camera to look up at the sun. "Without ionizing radiation, the ionosphere will relax, going from daytime conditions to nighttime conditions and then back again after the eclipse", said Marshall. The shadow it creates is a called a penumbra.

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Mankind has observed eclipses since the dawn of time.

If you're looking at a partial eclipse, keep those glasses on.

"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. There's another good chance to see a total eclipse in Oklahoma on April 8, 2024. Carbondale will see the sun's face completely blocked for 2 minutes and 43 seconds, beginning at 1:20 p.m., during which time NASA intends to obtain high-resolution imagery and various other measurements. Illinois State Police anticipate many people will hit the roads to see the eclipse in its totality. The sun is so bright that we squint, our eyes tear up, and we look away.

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Inspect solar filters before use. Laptop computers will also be connected to a live stream of the eclipse.

CATE, the Continental American Telescope Eclipse, is an experiment more than two years in the making. Catch the image of the eclipse on another piece of white cardstock held behind the pinhole.