View from Mars Hill: Here comes the eclipse, Flagstaff

The last total solar eclipse viewable from somewhere in North Carolina was in 1970, NASA data shows. She described Albuquerque’s view of the upcoming eclipse as like a bright, crescent moon.

“We have no idea how many observations we are going to get, but we’ll take as many as we can”, Ricard said.

Safe viewing glasses are available free to the public at the Centennial Library and the Downtown Library, 301 W. Missouri Ave., Midland. Your experience will be mostly cerebral, pondering the alignment of the moon, sun and Earth during the partial solar eclipse.

2,432 Number of days until total solar eclipse in Syracuse! If the Moon is far from the Earth when it passes through the rays of our Sun, the Eclipse is called annular. The sky becomes very dark, as if it were night.

Unfortunately, because the human eye still sees the world as, “sunny”, even if the majority of the sun is blocked by the moon, we’ll miss the show if it’s overcast in Houston, or in any location across the majority of the country. This particular eclipse will first hit the Pacific Ocean, then move into OR, cross the U.S.to SC and end in the Atlantic Ocean. 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! HINT: while wearing a pair of undamaged glasses (ones that are not scratched, torn or with holes) you shouldn’t be able to see anything except the mild glow of the sun when looking toward the sun. “But to suddenly hear all those noisy birds get quiet as the eclipse got close, that was a powerful sensory experience”.

“The more I talked to people, the more I realized people think they can look at the eclipse, and it concerned me”, said doctor of optometry Elizabeth M. Atkinson from Atkinson Eye Care in Algonquin.

Normally, our common-sense reflexes protect us from looking at the sun for more than about a second.

Bates still has vision in his left eye.

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.

Amazon appears to have been cracking down on these suspect glasses.

“Make sure to help children to use solar filters and eclipse glasses properly”, Dr. Ronold Tesch said.

Here’s how NASA describes the indirect pinhole method: “Cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern”. Scientists will study the sun’s magnetic field and determine how energy moves through the Sun and out into space. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.

Scammers have taken advantage of the hype surrounding the eclipse and released fake protective glasses, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Q: Safety. You said it’s unsafe to look directly – what do you do? During a partial solar eclipse, the sun is not almost as bright, so the temptation is to stare at the sun for too long a time.

“It’s a big event”. I bought some offline and made several viewers. Also, during the eclipse any normal shadow will reflect the activity of the eclipse. The goal is for them not only to learn about the eclipse but to produce a keepsake of the event. If you notice any scratches or damages, do not use them. You do not just see a total solar eclipse.

“The concern with the eclipse is that when it is in the partial phase, the natural reflex to shy away from looking at the sun is reduced, and that is risky because of the possibility of developing solar retinopathy, which can occur without the person knowing it”, he said. During each eclipse season, there are at least two eclipses visible from some parts of the Earth.

“The total solar eclipse is an exciting event, which could cause distractions for motorists”, Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz said.