Eugene Public Library hosting two events on solar eclipses

Eugene Public Library hosting two events on solar eclipses

On August 21, astronomy professor Suzan Edwards will be camping somewhere in southern Wyoming with family and friends. "You need to know that the product comes from a reputable manufacturer or one of their authorized dealers".

In addition to watching the first USA cross-continental eclipse in his lifetime, he will be guiding others through the phenomenon from an area of totality.

On Aug. 21, swaths of the United States will be enveloped in a stunning midday darkness when the moon moves in front of the sun during the Great American Solar Eclipse.

However, scammers are also taking advantage of the business opportunities by selling fake glasses that will not protect your eyes.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon, while orbiting earth, comes between the earth and sun and blocks the view of the sun.

The word itself, "eclipse", is the Greek word for abandonment and to early civilizations it seemed like that was what happened. A partial eclipse will be visible along the periphery.

"Path of totality is what that's called", Patrick said.

The event takes place between 1-4 pm, with the ultimate expression of the eclipse at about 2:30 pm. The maps show you how much of the eclipse will be visible and at what time in different areas of each state.

In this case the path of totality is about 112 kilometres (70 miles) wide and extends from the northwest to the southeast of the US. In Muncie and Anderson, the partial eclipse begins about 12:59 p.m., maxing at 2:25 p.m. and ending at 3:48 p.m. However, only about 0.1 percent of the earth's surface will see each eclipse. The eclipse will last longest near Carbondale, Illinois: two minutes and 44 seconds.

"On the actual day of the eclipse, we're hoping to have two separate viewing events". Other states included in the path of totality are Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and SC.

Susan Bonnette from Columbia has been on a mission to find the NASA approved glasses.

Astronomers have been able to predict eclipses since ancient times and people told various myths to explain the phenomenon, such as that a monster was trying to eat the sun.

There are important safety precautions to be taken when observing the eclipse. Without glasses, the sun's rays could cause permanent damage to your eyes.

· Don't look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device - not even if you are wearing eclipse glasses or using a hand-held solar viewer.

'In other words, the only place where humans can live in the solar system is also the only place where ideal solar eclipses occur and these eclipses are occurring at the one time when human observers can appreciate them, ' said Dr Hugh Ross, of Reason to Believe.

There will also be a handful of "sun celebration activities" such as making botanical sun prints and testing pinhole viewers to observe the eclipse at the Garden.



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