View August's solar eclipse safely with these tips

Jerome Frank
July 22, 2017

In a few short weeks, all eyes will turn to Southern Illinois as the skies turn dark, the birds quit singing and the sun, Earth and moon align for the solar eclipse.

If you've been looking online, you've probably read throw-away lines about not being able to see the eclipse because of clouds. Travis says your two options to safely view this eclipse without damaging your eyes are to see it indirectly through a projection onto the ground or to view it through a device with an appropriate solar filter. "[A total eclipse] is a spectacular thing to see".

Arnold and Brake added that we can expect to see another total eclipse in April 2024, and this time, Oklahomans will get to see 100 percent coverage.

NASA recommends only using eclipse glasses with ISO 12312-2 printed on them that have been manufactured by four US companies: American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

Here in our region, I'm sure the Goldendale Observatory will be abuzz with activity as scientists and visitors stream in to get a peak at the historic event.

Fisher will be experiencing the sights and sounds of the eclipse from the small town of Madras in central Oregon. Nocturnal creatures will sound off, stars and planets will shine bright, and the temperature will plummet several degrees as the moon becomes the sky's starring act.

Weather permitting, the entire continent will have the opportunity to view the eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on the Earth's surface.

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Q: What time is the eclipse?

There will be sunspotter telescopes that project the sun's image onto paper as well as a limited number of eclipse viewers that enable people to look directly at the sun without damaging their eyes, she said.

In any given location, the total eclipse will last about 2 or 3 minutes.

During the celestial event, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, appearing to block the sun for almost an hour and a half. It is also the closest city to the eclipse's point of the greatest duration (2 minutes and 41.6 seconds).

The last solar eclipse viewable in the United States was in 1979, officials say.

"This is the biggest astronomical event ever in the history of Kansas City, and a major reason why is because a solar eclipse is so rare and unusual", said Johnson.

The Federal Highway Administration is calling this a "planned special event for which there has been no recent precedent in the United States". "You can see the darkness approaching". Sitting in school, on the other hand, won't be a concern - CCSD has announced there will be no classes on August 21.

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