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Have questions about the total solar eclipse? Here are answers

12 August 2017, 01:35 | Ross Houston

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"A total solar eclipse is only visible from a small area on Earth", NASA said on its website.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the view of the sun.

Across the ocean, an enormous number of animals hide in the deep, dark waters during the day, and then swim upward during the cover of night to take advantage of the food generated in the sunlit part of the ocean.

Eclipses happens sometimes when moon orbits earth and moves between the sun and earth, casting a shadow onto our planet.

As thousands of people travel to SC to watch the historic eclipse, the hunt is on for protective lenses to view the phenomenon.

The brief flash of light on the edge of the sun and moon that appears in the seconds before and after totality. But the crew will be able to see the umbra, where the eclipse is total, near the southern horizon. In central Oklahoma, there will be about a 90 percent eclipsing of the sun, with maximum eclipse at 1:05 p.m.

Well, if looking at an eclipse is like falling in love, I strongly advise protection. Some observations also show wave-like TEC perturbations in small magnitude (~1 TECU) during eclipse as shown in the attached reference.

He still has vision in his left eye. The glasses should be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 global safety standard and not appear scratched or damaged. If the occulter were exactly the size of the sun in the telescope's view, any drift or jitter would let bright solar photons in. With your back to the sun, look at your hands' shadow on the ground.

It's not just humans who will be affected by the Great American Eclipse coming on August 21 - expect animals to act strangely too.

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Free certified eclipse shades will be distributed by the KCK CVB through hotels and attractions, until the glasses run out, according to the CVB. This time around, he'll watch the eclipse on television.

"It's a big event". Special ISA-12312-2 solar eclipse glasses reduce the light by 99.999 percent, and also reduce it in the UV and the infrared (which sunglasses usually do not). The corona is the same brightness as the full moon and is equally safe to look at with the naked eye.

Newman attributes Americans' fascination with the eclipse to their love of science fiction, and she said the library will have eclipse-related learning activities available as well.

You mean as far as indirect viewing? Even though folks know that a total solar eclipse is happening, the experience can be awe-inspiring, beautiful, even eerie and unsettling. Optometrists say looking directly at the eclipse can cause permanent blindness so make sure you wear a pair of solar eclipse glasses.

You can also make your own simple and low-cost pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse.

Places nearby the path of the total eclipse, like Washington state, experience the total eclipse. "Oregon will get a 2 minute eclipse".

Eclipse tip of the day.

"What we're hoping to do is take images and stitch them together to make a long movie of the corona", Baer said.

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