Solar eclipse will cut out North American solar power for 90 minutes

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Solar eclipse will cut out North American solar power for 90 minutes

The total solar eclipse on Monday August 21 2017 will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for United States citizens to see the moon block out the sun. Since we are not in the path of totality we won't drop that much, but it will be cooler until the eclipse passes.

Viewers can also see the eclipse through a filter or pinhole projection system.

· Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the sun. "The opportunity to obtain solar eclipse viewing glasses was publicized a number of times in our online newsletter "Hitchhiker". While millions of people get ready to watch the August 21 eclipse, local authorities are the treating the event more like a natural disaster and are preparing for the worst.

So Aug. 21 arrived and everyone is in their chosen viewing locations. Here is NASA's table of eclipse times.

"The total eclipse is just unbelievable", said Guinan. In ancient China, a ruler once ordered two astronomers to be beheaded when they failed to predict an eclipse.

"It would be like going to the Super Bowl and sitting outside the stadium rather than being inside and watching it", says Van Horn, a total solar eclipse newbie.

It adds: "For a few brief minutes or seconds, the Sun's pearly white corona, red prominences, and chromosphere are visible".

"People should never look directly into the sun except when it's in totality", said Christine Jones, a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and president of the society. Normally invisible due to the amount of light emanating from the sun's surface, the "crown" of magnetized plasma reaches temperatures over a million degrees Kelvin-nearly 2 million Fahrenheit-and is best known as the site of the sun's awesome and violent flares. The good news is that anyone in North America will be able to enjoy at least a partial eclipse, but those within the small 70-mile wide ribbon of the totality path will enjoy a total solar eclipse.

If you didn't manage to see the 2016 supermoon, and you weren't the only one thanks to the rubbish weather, there is another chance to catch the phenomenon later this year.

Wondering what kind of partial eclipse you'll observe?

For the event itself, residents are invited to a free eclipse party at their Vestal Street observatory from 1:30 to 4 PM. Winds will also lighten while the eclipse is happening. Birds and cicadas would become silent and turn in for the "night", and bats would begin their "nightly" hunt. The 18-seat cafe - which had its grand opening last August 21 - is named for this eclipse and the one coming up in 2024.

NASA will live stream the event in various platforms, so all one has to do is open up any of the agency's streaming platforms. They'll also have literature available.

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