Map shows states predicted to have clear sky during total solar eclipse

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Here's a interactive map where you can enter your zip code and see how close - or far - you are from the total eclipse, which will last 2-3 minutes.

An article in Popular Astronomy from the time, written by the magazine's editor, H.C. Wilson, warned that professional astronomers would be congregating near established observatories in NY and CT, and that it would be "important therefore that amateurs all along the path of the total eclipse should do all that they can to obtain records of the phenomena of the eclipse" in the event that bad winter weather clouded the observatories' views.

Examine your solar filters or eclipse glasses before using them.

At least some of the eclipse glasses sold on the e-commerce site are scheduled to arrive after August 21, the day of the solar eclipse. It will start in Texas and go in a northeast direction, through OH and up into Canada. "Awe-inspiring sights encourage empathy and generosity and group cohesion. and total eclipses always do that". Astronomers are calling this one the "Great American Eclipse". But people in 12 states - in a 70-mile-wide swath from OR to SC - will experience a total eclipse. The path of total shadow will be 60 miles wide. Because the eclipse will only be partial, it's essential that anyone wishing to view it obtain the correct protective eyeware.

Penn Dixie will host a viewing of the eclipse from 1 to 4 p.m. August 21, and visitors will be able to view the eclipse through several telescopes, learn astronomy from the staff and volunteers, participate in hands-on science activities and collect fossils. Birds won't start roosting or anything.

The sudden, albeit brief, transformation from day into night has elicited unusual behavior in animals in the past. The sky will take on an eerie grayish, dim glow.


To take images as the Sun is being eclipsed, you'll need to use a special solar filter to protect your camera, just as you'll need a pair of eclipse glasses to protect your own eyes. The moon comes between the sun and Earth and casts the darkest part of its shadow, the umbra, on Earth.

Shadow bands: Immediately before and after the, look for shadow bands on the ground and other surfaces.

If we get a new moon every month, why don't we have a solar eclipse every month?

If the moon is above your horizon anywhere on Earth, and the moon is not shrouded in clouds, it is possible to observe this event. The orbit of the moon around the earth is not in the same plane as the orbit of the earth around the sun.

"We have an opportunity to experience a spectacular natural phenomenon, and we can enjoy it with some simple protection".

Wear the glasses any time you want to look at the sun, even if there's only a small sliver of the star peeking behind the moon in a partial eclipse. The last bead gleams so brightly around the moon's silhouette, as the sun's spiky corona becomes visible, that the eclipse looks like a diamond ring in the sky. During that time, the otherwise hidden solar corona - the sun's outer atmosphere - will become visible.

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