Published: Sat, July 22, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

NASA wants you to record solar eclipse data with an app

NASA wants you to record solar eclipse data with an app

Children attending Edwardsville District 7 schools in southern IL won't have classes next month on the day of the upcoming solar eclipse.

Southern Illinois will have a first-rate view of the total solar eclipse on August 21, according to NASA.

For the first time in almost a century, a total solar eclipse will occur next month, according to NASA.

There's only one thing that can be harmed by a total solar eclipse, and that's your eyes.

The closest places to witness the total solar eclipse is about 310 miles away in the Marysville, Kansas area. KY 91 between Princeton and Hopkinsville is expected to see heavy traffic where several major events are planned and the roadway closely parallels the total eclipse corridor.

Littmann said one in 100,000 people around the world has seen a total solar eclipse. Looking directly at the eclipse without proper protection (eclipse glasses with ISO 12312-2), can lead to solar retinopathy - damage to the eye's retina. Watch live, in virtual reality, as the eclipse moves coast to coast on August 21st.

How much do you know about solar eclipses? "The shadows of light filtering through the trees are usually circle shaped but during the eclipse, the light coming through was half moon shaped". How long will you be in the moon's shadow?

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Those planning to look skyward during the total or partial event, he warned, should wear eclipse glasses.

For those who want to view the eclipse from their own backyard or school, Maurer also is hosting two shows at the planetarium on how to safely do that. A satellite party also goes down at Daley Plaza, where you eclipse glasses will also be distributed, while they last, and check out telescope viewing.

The mountain resort towns of Sun Valley and nearby Ketchum will experience about one minute and 13 seconds of totality. Communities that lie among the drier, cooler Rocky Mountains are more likely to witness a noteworthy dip in temperatures compared to states like Tennessee or SC, which are typically locked in the humid doldrums of summer at the end of August.

During the celestial event, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, appearing to block the sun for almost an hour and a half. This is what most people will experience - the partial eclipse.

The eclipse will begin there at about 9:08 a.m. and last until 11:41 a.m., with the maximum eclipse taking place at 10:21 a.m., according to scientific estimates.

Next month, one of the most unbelievable celestial sights will pass through East Tennessee.

As Portland based astrophotographer Jake Breed puts it, "Photographically speaking, it's too rare to miss; and personally speaking, it's too lovely and incredible not to see".

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