Here's Why A Total Solar Eclipse Is So Unusual

The most important thing is to enjoy this special event safely with your child - no matter how you decide to view it. The class will be held at 10 a.m.at the library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park (walkway near the parking structure); Sat. & Sun., Aug. 19-20, 11 a.m. -3:30 p.m.; eclipse viewing, Mon., Aug. 21, 9 a.m. -11:45 a.m.; free.

The class will be taught by resident celestial navigation instructor Jim Schmaltz, said Hagy.

Anyone outside of the path of totality will need to wear the glasses for the entire duration of the eclipse. These methods are far from foolproof.

IN isn't in the path of totality, but southern parts of the state will have near-totality: 99 percent in Evansville, 96 percent in Jeffersonville, 95 percent in Bloomington and about 90 percent in Indianapolis.

"If you don't take your glasses off, you won't see anything because the light is blocked out so much". Looking at the sun, while wearing solar viewing glasses, will reveal only a slice of light instead of the sun's full circle. We stopped into a grocery store that's selling them for $1.99, and found they are legit with the required ISO number 12312, but most pairs for sale were bent or scratched.

"You hold that index card between the sun and another sheet of paper or the ground, and the image of the sun will appear on that other sheet of paper or the ground".

Eclipse glasses are an obvious layer of protection from the sun's harmful rays, but how protective the glasses will be depends on the ISO designation of the lenses. Viewing the sun directly, even for brief periods, can cause permanent damage to the retina and result in blindness.

When the moon passes between Earth and the sun, and scores a bull's-eye by completely blotting out the sunlight, that's a total solar eclipse.




If we get rain or even passing clouds at the wrong time, Harris says you'll simply have to wait for 2024, when the next total solar eclipse will affect the U.S. However, that one will not go from coast to coast, but instead will move across Texas, Arkansas, Indiana and across areas where the northeastern U.S. borders Canada.

From Oregon in the west, to SC in the east, there will be festivals and flamboyant eclipse viewing parties.

Still, Harris says one of the best ways of viewing the sun is indirectly.

"Another projection method that I think is kind of neat is you can take a Ritz cracker with its little pinhole projection instead of punching holes with a needle". "There are a zillion companies putting out the same product and they all have different names". The fovea is the part of your eye that is the most responsible for 20/20 vision.

"It's unbelievable event. It's like no event that any of us have ever seen before".

Some of the places AAS recommends to shop online are EclipseGlasses.com, Celestron, Explore Scientific and Meade Instruments. But as soon as the sun begins to reappear, put the solar filters back on.

McMullen said, "It's neat".

I gave Monica a call the other day to see what she remembered, and she was all over it. You want to make sure your glasses have an i.s.o certification.

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