Two local science organizations are offering help to people wondering how to observe the solar eclipse, which will impact all of the mainland United States on August 21. The map shows where the path of totality is located.
– Total Solar Eclipse (free) offers live telescope views from NASA, narration of the live event in English and Spanish – even accompaniment by the Kronos Quartet. During totality, when the moon blocks the sun, it’s safe to remove the filter so you can see the sun’s outer atmosphere: the corona. It is estimated that the total solar eclipse in Oak Ridge will last 27 to 31 seconds at approximately 2:33 p.m. EDT August 21.
One orbit later, the station will cross the path of the eclipse in the extreme northwest following a trajectory that will carry the lab over central Canada on the way to the North Atlantic. The moon goes around the Earth, the Earth goes around the sun, we know those periods very precisely. The glasses look like the old-fashioned 3D glasses worn to see 3D movies. But she said she’s all right with the eclipse mania.
The eclipse is only expected to last about two minutes, but Bart Treece with Washington’s Department of Transportation says visitors from BC need to be prepared for what he describes as a “multi-day” experience.
If you’re looking at a partial eclipse, keep those glasses on. On the day of the eclipse though, the festival will turn its focus to the sky.
If there are only a few small breaks in the clouds, it’s going to take good timing in order to see the eclipse when it peeks through, or the ability to be mobile, to get somewhere where the skies may be more clear. The maximum will occur at about 1:12 p.m., meaning the maximum amount of sun covered by the moon. “But I think many birds will be interesting because they have tri-chromatic vision, so they. are also relatively sensitive to light”.
Samantha Blair, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, spoke about what actually does happen during an eclipse.
The total eclipse in America will be visible in 14 different states, according to NASA.
The instant the totality is over, immediately look away and put the special glasses back on.
Combined with measurements of the ionosphere during the eclipse, they will have information on both the solar input and corresponding ionosphere response, enabling them to study the mechanisms underlying ionospheric changes better than ever before. Don’t walk or drive in them because you won’t see much. If you notice any scratches or damages, do not use them. In fact, we’ve known about this eclipse, and it’s been on all of our calendars for decades now.
Other options include: Craft a pinhole viewer to project the image onto another surface.
Even if it doesn’t inspire the next Einstein, this year’s eclipse might give rise to a more passionate, more diverse generation of scientists, one that has a deeply personal connection to the motions of the universe.