Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

What You Need to Know to Watch the August 21 Solar Eclipse

What You Need to Know to Watch the August 21 Solar Eclipse

Q: Can I look directly at the solar eclipse?

What is a solar eclipse? Given that moon orbits around the Earth, the moon may not always be parallel to both the Earth and the Sun when it is a full moon. Otherwise, you will not get complete eye protection, even if you are wearing the appropriate eclipse glasses.

"An eclipse like this one is a time when people are focused on a natural event", said Brian Jones, director of the Little Shop of Physics. You can find it here. Krepps also teaches astronomy classes at Lee.

The US mainland has not seen any sort of total solar eclipse since 1979, but you have to go back to 1918 for one that has crossed the country in the way this one will. Portions of 14 states are in the path of totality, the brief phase of the eclipse when the moon is totally blocking the sun. It's asking people within and outside of the path of totality to record plant and wildlife behavior near them. It will cut a 60-70 mile wide path in 14 states across the country from OR and through the mid-west, slicing through Tennessee and the North Carolina/South Carolina/Tennessee/Georgia/corner, through South Carolina and will exit on the South Carolina coast between Charleston and Georgetown.

The "Great American Eclipse" will be an epic event, but it will not last long. Bibb County residents will be able to see a partial eclipse, with the peak time predicted around 2:39 p.m., according to an interactive map from Vox Media. Concorde serial number 001 was flown at 1,200 miles per hour turning 7 minutes of totality into 74 minutes. The sun will go completely dark for 2 minutes, 36 seconds, just after 2:30 p.m. In Nov. 2013, the partial solar eclipse was already underway at sunrise. When totality is reached, it will resemble dusk: not completely dark, but dark enough for noticeable changes. During this brief 2½-minute period, animals have been recorded to begin their nocturnal activities, and temperatures will drop 5 to 10 degrees. Bright stars and planets will become visible as well.

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There is no guarantee that the sky will be clear on August 21, but the eclipse will still be noticeable.

Moore even said they have reports of some hoofed animals lying down at unusual times when the sun is darkened. "Just before it's over, you'll see beads of light starting to form on the trailing edge".

Eye safety is key for the solar eclipse and your retinas will thank you for taking proper precautions.

The only way to safely look at the sun directly is through solar filters. Make sure the side of the glasses says "ISO 12312-2".

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