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12 August, 2017

The total solar eclipse is the first we've been able view from coast to coast since 1918, and it begins on the coast of OR at 10:15 a.m. PT on August 21.

As the moon moves in front of the sun that day, a "path of totality" will develop in portions of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and SC.

"Because we're going around the Earth every 90 minutes, about the time it takes the sun to cross the United States, we'll get to see it three times", Randy Bresnik said Friday during a NASA Facebook session. There is a narrow band, which extends from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, where observers will experience a total eclipse.

We in the Tomah area will not be in totality, but we do want to get the most enjoyment from this eclipse. The closer you are to the path of totality, the more the Sun will be covered by the Moon, and the easier it will be to notice the dimming light.

Total solar eclipses occur when we have a new moon.

Here's a test, put on the glasses and if you can see the room you're in you probably shouldn't use those glasses to look at the sun.

During the first hour of partial eclipse, which you can observe safely only through specially certified filters available for a dollar or two (and free at many libraries), you wouldn't know that anything special was happening. The last bead gleams so brightly around the moon's silhouette, as the sun's spiky corona becomes visible, that the eclipse looks like a diamond ring in the sky. "Opera glasses and eyepieces of every sort went up to the eyes of the parties which had gathered among the thickets of radio masts on every roof in the path of the eclipse".

Where can the solar eclipse be seen? 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.

Scientists and amateur astronomers have been using NASA data to plan their eclipse trips for years.

According to NASA, about 325 million people in the country will be able to view some portion of the eclipse. It is simply the most spectacular thing you can ever see. During a partial solar eclipse, the sun is not almost as bright, so the temptation is to stare at the sun for too long a time. Reuters reported that the market is being flooded with defective knockoffs, so it's also a good idea to make sure that the brand you purchased is approved by the experts before August 21. "For Kearney, the previous one was more than 800 years ago".

Definitely check out our TWN livestream, on TV and on the web, as we expect to be sending back footage from the path of totality, but there are also opportunities to perform some cool science during the eclipse.

Also, the eclipse came later than expected - which made the front page of The New York Times. Catch the image of the eclipse on another piece of white cardstock held behind the pinhole.


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