Library to host Solar Eclipse Block Party

Safety | Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - NASA

Safety | Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - NASA

If you're not in the mood to travel down to Evansville for an nearly complete eclipse on August 21, this handy map can help you figure out just how much of the sun will be blocked in your city.

Lubbock will experience a 78% max eclipse, when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun during daylight hours and partially blocks or shades the Sun's light from reaching us.

Simply choose a location - you can click the map or enter an address or landmark in the search bar, then choose your ideal spot as the map zooms in - and you'll immediately find out whether you'll see a partial or total eclipse from that location. The sun's intense light can quickly cause permanent damage to a person's eyesight, even when it's mostly blocked by the moon. Do a search online for ISO 12312 solar eclipse glasses or check local stores.

During a total solar eclipse the outer atmosphere of the sun, the solar corona - the crown of the sun - becomes visible to the naked eye.

You can get these eclipse glasses in multi-packs.

That's why the Seattle Public Library is distributing a limited number of free viewing glasses to the public, to allow people to safely watch the solar eclipse.

The good news is that these eclipse glasses are not particularly expensive.

Totality in the United States begins at 10:16 a.m. PDT near Lincoln City, Oregon, ending in Charlestown, S.C., at 2:48 p.m. EDT. If this event results in a total obscuration of the sun it is called a total eclipse.

A safe indirect method for viewing the eclipse is to create a miniature pinhole camera.

Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. Use the interactive eclipse path map to simulate the eclipse from any location and figure out where you need to go to experience totality!

NASA and the American Astronomical Society verified five manufacturers making solar eclipse glasses that meet all standards - American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium - AstroSolar Silver and Gold film only, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17. Taking full advantage of the solar blackout, Caspi and his team will turn their instruments onboard the WB-57s towards Mercury to take high-resolution images of the solar system's smallest planet. In fact, if you use a filter during totality, you'll see nothing at all.

So, what happens, if you're not in the path?

Solar Max is the story of humankind's journey to understand the Sun and how we relate to it, from the earliest civilizations to today. With millions of eclipse chasers from all over the world expected to be in the path of totality, be prepared for heavy traffic.

The sun may damage a digital camera sensor so purchase a solar eclipse filter for your camera too if you plan to take professional pictures.

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