Solar eclipse has stargazers excited all over the US

Claudine Rigal
Août 18, 2017

Solar Eclipse by Redshift: this offers four different interactive viewing simulations: from your current location, from the best location, from the earth's orbit, and from the Sun. "What you look at is the sun's image".

While it might be underwhelming for those of us on this side of the Atlantic, citizens in the small town of Cerulean in Kentucky will be right in the middle of the action, where the solar eclipse will be at its greatest.

"It's going to be a spectacular total solar eclipse over a narrow strip to the south of us in the USA, a strip that goes from OR to SC", said Jan Cami, the director of the Hume Cronyn Observatory told CBC News. Outside of that, warns the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), you can damage your retina by looking directly at the partial eclipse (which is all most of us will get in the rest of the country), leading to permanent blurred vision, blind spots, or worse.

Sadly, for those of us in Canada, the path of totality passes several hundred kilometres south of us. Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Ill., where the sun will be totally covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.

Thousands of Londoners will be craning their necks skyward on Monday to see a rare celestial event - a partial eclipse of the sun.

Most of the time, the moon is above or below the sun.

These glasses are not designed for bringing what is being shown on screens into the third dimension, but rather to protect wearers from the sun during Monday's total solar eclipse.

Is there a that much of a difference where the sun will be 99% blocked versus totality?

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Solar eclipse has stargazers excited all over the US

A reporter for the Deseret Evening News in 1889 said it's hard to describe or express the experience of seeing an eclipse.

Very little cloud cover is predicted for the eclipse, according to a forecast made on Thursday by the National Weather Service in Moon.

The Fauquier County Public Library system is recalling solar eclipse glasses distributed August 9-145. However, it won't stretch the width of the country and will move from Mexico to ME and then traverse New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

In Vancouver, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will be holding a community eclipse-watching celebration on the lawn outside of the Gordon Southam Observatory on Monday, starting at 8:45 a.m. and running until noon. Just make sure your eyes are protected.

What's key to the eclipse is not just being able to look at the sun, however.

He said this eclipse is only over the US, which hasn't happened since 1778.

There is also the option of creating pinhole box or sheet that will project the eclipse as it happens onto a wall or a sheet of paper that will allow you to indirectly see what the eclipse looks like. He noted that locally, there will only be a partial eclipse, which is when damage can occur without proper eye protection. Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly. Wal-mart, Best Buy, and Toys R Us were sold out.

Palma added that it's "perfectly safe" to be outside during the eclipse.

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