Science Says: Solar specs needed for safe viewing of eclipse

Science Says: Solar specs needed for safe viewing of eclipse

Science Says: Solar specs needed for safe viewing of eclipse

Greg Smith, a FOG member, said he met very little traffic on his way to the Columbia Gorge for the 1979 eclipse. "I think the primates are what we'll be interested in watching because they are cognitively advanced". Sure I could say there may be "clouds around"...so what else is new?

Public libraries, schools, nature centers and even optometrists throughout McHenry County have organized educational sessions and safe viewing events to make the "Great American Eclipse", as it's been named, accessible to all. Everyone in the USA will see at least a partial eclipse, where the moon passes in front of the sun, but doesn't block it completely. In any given place, a total eclipse happens only once every hundred years or so.

68 Percentage of the sun blocked by the moon in Syracuse during the eclipse. The sky will grow very dark like a deep twilight.

It's the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will sweep across the entire continental United States - and the event will only last about two-and-a-half hours from beginning to end.

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There has been a lot of talk already leading up to the eclipse but here are some numbers about the eclipse you may not know. There is bound to be plenty of traffic the day of the eclipse and you don't want to be stuck in traffic while it's happening!

When daylight slowly surrendered into darkness during a solar eclipse in ancient times, some civilizations believed the spectacle was the result of an enormous creature devouring the sun. We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse. Because the eclipse will only be partial, it's essential that anyone wishing to view it obtain the correct protective eyeware. Looking directly at the eclipse at any moment except the brief period when the moon has fully eclipsed the sun without certified glasses could damage your eyes. "In our area, it is not going to be completely covered; a sliver of the sun will still be showing; normal sunglasses will not be enough".

What can happen when you look directly at the sun? A person would not know until he or she looks away and is left with permanent central vision loss.

NASA, the American Astronomical Society and others are urging eclipse watchers to stick with reputable makers of sun-gazing devices.

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"It's a big event". The last total eclipse in the United States occurred on February 26, 1979.

One fascinating thing about eclipses is that they occur in pairs.

Events in the region include an "Eclipse Con" festival, concerts and tailgate parties. "It's a chance to experience space science without having to leave home". An even longer duration total solar eclipse will cross the United States from Northern California to Florida in 2045. Only in areas that see the maximum total eclipse and during the peak eclipse is it safe to remove glasses (and that is a fairly short window). Stars also can appear.

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