View the Solar Eclipse from Quincy Hill

Thomas Herring has served as the director of Jack C. Davis Observatory since 2014
Thomas Herring has served as the director of Jack C. Davis Observatory since 2014
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12 August, 2017

Day will turn into night during The Great American Solar Eclipse on Monday August 21.

Eclipse watchers in the 60- to 70-mile-wide "path of totality" that will cut through much of the middle US could briefly look directly at the eclipse without protection when the moon fully covers the sun.

On Aug. 21, the first total eclipse of the sun in the US since 1979 will sweep across the country from OR to SC, with the rest of the country witnessing a partial eclipse. A solar eclipse hasn't happened in the United States since 1979, and not from Atlantic to Pacific in 99 years.

Viewers ask us at WBIR every day where they can buy solar eclipse glasses.

The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable eclipse glasses and handheld viewers on its website - stamped with the approval code 12312-2 code on glasses.

Ordering online is another possibility, or you can arrive early at any one of the special viewing parties set up by Quad-City libraries or at the Putnam Museum.

That's when Johann Julius Friedrich Berkowski took the first photograph of a total solar eclipse.

"The so-called coronagraphs that are aloft hide more than the first inner radius of the sun, leaving a whole region that's just for us to study during an eclipse", he added.

"It's incredibly exciting and something you should participate in and enjoy, but you should do it safely with the proper filters for your eyes", he stressed. "Normally if you look directly at the sun, the natural response is to squint, shield your eyes, blink or turn away". Solar eclipses are rare enough that you really shouldn't pass up the chance to see it, if you can!

Though the North Country does not get the fun of seeing the solar corona, there are still fascinating observations to be made with a partial eclipse. Here on the Keweenaw Peninsula, we will have a 71 percent eclipse.

National parks and heritage sites offer an fantastic setting for watching the eclipse.

Unlike places like Hopkinsville, which will experience a total eclipse, areas like Evansville will only see a partial eclipse. The eclipse will move from the West Coast to the East Coast, ending near Columbia, South Carolina, at 2:44 p.m. However, with the eclipse coming up, eclipse glasses are becoming harder and harder to find. Come to the library for a viewing party!


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