Local observatory explains the uniqueness of the upcoming total solar eclipse

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Local observatory explains the uniqueness of the upcoming total solar eclipse

The Great American Solar Eclipse will have hundreds of millions of people looking to the sky on August 21 to see the moon block out the sun.

"I have been talking about this eclipse for 26 years so I have plans to go to totality-I'll either be in Kentucky or Tennessee". Since dismissal for FCS students begins shortly after 3 p.m. the district feels a 30-minute dismissal delay would allow for better supervision of students during the eclipse.

Total solar eclipses cast an eerie darkness over the day, but astronomers say that's an ideal time to study the sun.

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Halfway through the sky spectacle, anyone within a roughly 70-mile-wide path from OR to SC will experience a brief total eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun's bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds according to NASA.

Solar eclipses occur because of a cosmic coincidence: the sun looks to be about the same size as the moon. It starts just after 9am and will last for about 2 and a half hours.

Guests will be able to view the partial solar eclipse safely through telescopes or eclipse glasses. "This is in contrast to a solar eclipse in which the timings of the contacts change as the location changes on Earth", Rathnashree was quoted as saying by PTI.

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The certification means the glasses and solar viewers have met an worldwide safety standard and are safe for your eyes. There is a 70-mile wide "totality zone" stretching from the northwest to the east coast in which people will experience a total eclipse. Those happen when the moon only covered a sliver of the sun.

He says the next solar eclipse in the U.S.is in 2024, but the next time the path of the clips will come directly over Colorado - it will be 2046.

If it is cloudy or raining, the eclipse will be live streamed in the Planetarium.

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