Published: Sat, July 29, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Solar eclipse less than month away

Solar eclipse less than month away

Immediately following Everly's safety presentation and the distribution of the solar eclipse safety glasses, the Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club will be hosting a Viewing the Night Sky Event.

There's an fantastic event going on in the sky in August of this year, and it's one you're not going to want to miss.

Admission, which includes eclipse glasses, are by donation.

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"The "Eclipse Across America" is a once-in-a-lifetime event, where everyone in North America, including Alaska and Hawaii, will experience the eclipse in some form", said Debby Calvert from AAA Travel.

The event will have a selection of solar telescopes, live streams, and sun projections. While solar eclipses aren't uncommon, this one is significant. Why? Solar eclipses are fairly common - more so than lunar eclipses - occurring about two to four times per year.

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Start of eclipse: 9:10 p.m.

Oregonians are already hyper-aware of the eclipse, since it will make first landfall in OR, and about a 60-mile band including Lincoln City, Salem, Madras and Baker City, will be in the "path of totality". There will be a presentation on the history of solar eclipses and how persons living in the area in the 1850s may have experienced them. Many communities along the path of totality have planned viewing parties and events surrounding the eclipse.

On a brighter note, eclipse watching is safe when using approved special eye wear or by viewing it by looking at the shadows produced by the eclipse.

University Libraries and the Lincoln Children's Museum are co-hosting a Solar Eclipse Pre-Party at 2 p.m. on August 20 featuring two SciPop talks, "Football Physics" and "Comic Book Physics 101", and two interactive lessons, "Potions of Harry Potter" and "Solar Eclipse Facts and Fun". The last time a total eclipse graced viewers in the United States was February 26, 1979, Parade reported, and it was in a limited geographic area. This year's total eclipse will pass through 14 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and SC.

An example of the high-altitude balloon that will be launched during the solar eclipse.

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