Beginning in 1375 BCE, countless theories for the sun's disappearance erupted from all corners of the globe. Scout out a location this weekend so you have a game plan, check what time totality is happening where you are and make sure you have a clear view of the sun from where you want to shoot.
Viewing with Protection - Experts suggests that one widely available filter for safe solar viewing is number 14 welder's glass.
The eclipse is Monday. However, during the August 21 eclipse, Texas will not experience a total solar eclipse. It shows clouds south of I-85, with increasing cloudiness in the whole area by 3 or 4 p.m.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has said that the only time it's appropriate to remove glasses and look directly at a total solar eclipse is when the moon completely covers the sun.
After you've appreciated the eclipse, look back down at the ground, away from the sun, then take off the glasses. Also, the temperature will not see a drastic drop.
"The sun, new moon and Earth have to be in ideal alignment".
Jay Pasachoff is chair of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Solar Eclipses and a professor of astronomy at Williams College.
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If you organize a Solar Eclipse viewing party that does not appear in our list, please share the details through our Contact Us page. In fact, the anticipated spectacle is so unique that it has been hailed by its adoring fans as the "Great American Eclipse".
Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse ("totality"), when the moon entirely blocks the sun's bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality (https://go.nasa.gov/2pC0lhe).
José Cuervo Tequila: The brand sent along some eclipse-themed cocktail recipes, including the "Total Especial Eclipse". Total eclipses are visible where the darkest part of the shadow, the umbra passes across the surface of the Earth.
With only partial coverage of the solar disk, this will mean more exposure, particularly from the corona, an aura of plasma that surrounds the sun and other stars and extends millions of kilometers into space.
"The density of the plasma is so low that during those two minutes of totality when only the corona is visible, it does not harm the eyes". Glasses, telescopes or binoculars, each fitted with solar filters and dark lenses, are required accessories and should not be of a homemade variety. "I can't stress that enough".
According to the AAS, it's important to purchase glasses that have an "ISO" label. The moment of totality might be the most obvious thing to photograph, but it might not be the best.
Health officials recommend a special solar filter - either eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer - to see the eclipse. The show will broadcast on NASA TV as well as Ustream and YouTube. More eclipse watching will take place in the library parking lot.
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