ENC Prepares For Rare Total Solar Eclipse

ENC Prepares For Rare Total Solar Eclipse

ENC Prepares For Rare Total Solar Eclipse

Staff will pass out free solar eclipse glasses but there is a limited amount of seats.

"Folks in eastern North Carolina are going to get about a 90 percent obscuration of the sun by the moon depending on how close you are to the path of totality".

If customers choose the Amazon route, it is important make sure the glasses will ship in time.

The start of the partial eclipse, when the moon is first appearing to touch the sun, will occur around 1:21 in the afternoon.

In Madison on Friday, the glasses were sold out at Kirkland's on the Far East Side and at Toys R Us on the Far West Side.

NASA released information about what type of glasses are safe to wear. Do I really need those glasses?

Staring at the sun during an eclipse with uncertified glasses can cause solar retinopathy, which can mean permanent eye damage, according to an AccuWeather article. This is a great general rule to follow, though observations are possible with the use of proper eye protection or indirect methods.

Eclipse watchers in the 60 to 70-mile wide "path of totality" that will cut through much of the middle US could briefly look directly at the eclipse without protection when the moon fully covers the sun.

The path goes just south of the IN border, which means Fort Wayne will experience a partial solar eclipse with about 85 percent of the sun blocked, Science Central Executive Director Martin S. Fisher said IN a news release. If you are fortunate enough to find a pair, make sure to hang on to them for the next 28 years.

"The market is being flooded with counterfeits", he said.

If that's the case, experts recommend that you should contact whomever sold you the filter and demand a refund or credit for a return, then buy a replacement from one of the sources listed on the AAS's reputable-vendors page. "We have completely revolutionized our understanding of the lunar surface, its environment and how the moon changes on human time scales".

Total solar eclipses happen about every 18 months but cross the same precise spot on Earth an average of only once every 375 years.

Approved online vendors, as well as science vendors, can be found at eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.

Here's the deal: Glasses that are safe for directly viewing the sun must meet the standard, set by the International Organization for Standardization, and the glasses or viewer will then indicate that they are ISO 12312-2 compliant.

The "dark band" of the eclipse stretches from Columbia, Missouri to the Tennessee/Georgia line.

Eclipse tip of the day.

Adler Planetarium Director of Public Observing Michelle Nichols discusses the upcoming total solar eclipse at McHenry County College Tuesday, Aug. 8. Place a pinhole or small opening in a card. Solar glasses are flying off the shelves and many online retailers have them on backorder. "Old fashioned pinhole viewers work just as good. and and they cost nothing".

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