“The one this time is about 70 miles across”.
Whether you want to see the eclipse in totality or partially, you need to do it safely.
So in 2017 it’s our turn to see a total solar eclipse, but you have to be inside what’s called the path of totality, which is a 70-mile wide streak of land that will run from Idaho to SC, including mid and east Tennessee and western Kentucky.
In our area the eclipse will begin around 1 p.m. on August 21, reach maximum coverage around 2:30, and end around 4 p.m. “So, it’s about an hour and a half across the country”.
“We’re talking about a sliver of the moon’s shadow that crosses the surface of the Earth”, Lazarova said. Eventually, the moon’s disk will no longer cover the sun during an eclipse.
But every so often, there’s a narrow window when the Earth, sun and moon align.
Mariana Lazarova, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, appreciates the opportunities that come with a solar eclipse.
We are just 10 days away from the historic solar eclipse, and Charleston County, S.C.is expecting an estimated one million people to visit the area.
While it is still not completely clear why animals react in a certain way during such celestial events, perhaps knowing the animals’ awareness of the event is a good reminder that humans are just one part of the equation when it comes to life on Earth and that we share this planet with so many other creatures that experience numerous same things that we do.
So, on August 21, make sure you have your eclipse viewer handy (which you can buy or make – sunglasses won’t be enough to protect your eyes!) And, keep an eye on the weather. Most cameras, including many found on phones, have adjustable exposures, which can help you darken or lighten your image during the event.
If you’re lucky enough to be in the path of totality, you may notice a change in the sky’s hue as the shadow moves closer to you, Young says. Because the heat from the sun is blocked as well as the light, it will slowly but surely become cooler, resulting in a spooky eclipse breeze.
Although the electromagnetic radiation from the corona, seen as light, is perfectly safe, there is another form of radiation that travels to Earth from the sun.