What Can We Learn From the Solar Eclipse?

Pakistan       by Sarfraz Ali | Published

Pakistan by Sarfraz Ali | Published

Airbnb teamed up with National Geographic to offer two eclipse enthusiasts a single-night stay in a custom geodesic dome surrounded by an observation deck housing a variety of telescopes to view the extremely rare event.

However, the path of totality, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's corona, can only be seen along a band that stretches from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, and includes Nashville, Murfreesboro and other Middle Tennessee communities.

"There's nothing special about the light that comes through during an eclipse".

In case you haven't heard, it's not safe to look directly at the sun. Looking at it without proper protection can cause serious and permanent eye damage. Schmaltz is concerned that many folks will buy "special" eclipse glasses, or try to use ordinary sunglasses, to protect their eyes.

This month's Great American Solar Eclipse will not only have the nation riveted as the first total eclipse to traverse the United States in four decades, it could also have implications for local weather and a power grid that relies more on more on solar energy. About 200 million people live within a day's drive of the "path of totality", and millions are expected to flock there for the event.

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There will be eclipse viewing parties at Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna, at the main branch of the Akron-Summit County Library in Akron, and at the Cuyahoga Falls Library.

Specially made solar glasses or a number 14 or darker welder's glass are among the safest methods for direct viewing.

When you put them on, "you shouldn't be able to see anything...except the sun itself", the organizations says.

"The path of totality", which is the shadow of the total solar eclipse will run right through the middle of the United States and the best place to experience the solar eclipse will be Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and SC. You also get a private jet viewing of the moment.

"It's going to be very hard for anyone with a point-and-shoot camera to take pictures of the eclipse", said Lowery.

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I'll link to that and more about the eclipse online.

Astronomy enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the upcoming eclipse, but for most solar generators the event will be little more than a passing cloud. On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will race across the US, from OR to SC in a fleeting 90 minutes.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, solar retinopathy is a photochemical toxicity and injury to retinal tissues. And if you're very lucky, you might see an explosion of plasma from the sun being object called plasmoids or coronal mass ejections. The sun will be significantly dimmer during the eclipse but this does not mean it is safe to view the eclipse directly. Think about how you can use that typical handheld magnifier to focus the sun to burn holes in paper.

"I drove from New Jersey where I was in grad school to see an eclipse in North Carolina, which was the only place you could see it", he says.

ZEILER: Well, the most interesting site for people outside the path of totality no matter where they are in the United States is to look at the shadows of trees because the gap between the leaves of trees acts as a pinhole projector.

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