Astronomer group prepares public for total solar eclipse

Astronomer group prepares public for total solar eclipse

Astronomer group prepares public for total solar eclipse

Content brought to you by. On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse can be seen across all of North America.

"Because it is so well positioned for an American audience, we thought it was a ideal opportunity to engage the public in some of the science that's going to happen", said Tyler Jump, marketing manager for the center. Partial eclipses on the Red Planet are still possible and happen frequently.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes between earth and the sun, and casts a shadow that blocks the sun's earth for a time. Throughout the US, skywatchers outside that path will still see a partial eclipse, in which part of the sun's disk will still be in view.

A total solar eclipse will be visible on the mainland on August 21, 2017.

This app's main function is to tell you whether you're in a good spot to see the eclipse.

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The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Pacific time in OR until about 2:45 p.m. It will first appear in OR at 12:05 eastern daylight time, and travel east across the central United States, ending in SC at 2:48pm. The mid-time of the eclipse will be around 10:15 Corvallis, Albany and Lebanon, Oregon, ending around 2:45 Columbia, South Carolina. This is a rare event for those in the United States. The moon is expected to completely cover the sun for about two minutes for viewers in the path of totality. "We'll still be watching our live view and streaming video from one or more sites that are in the path of totality on our big screens in the observatory".

Here's what you should know about eclipses, as well as the circumstances needed for a total solar eclipse to occur.

The greatest allure to a total solar eclipse is that the event is not just an object moving in front of the sun. They transmit thousands of times too much sunlight when you look directly at the Sun. That could severely hurt your eyes.

Eclipse glasses can be found online or at some local libraries, like the main branch in downtown South Bend, which will be hosting viewing parties the day of.

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