How to take pictures of the solar eclipse with your smartphone

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

There are different types of eclipses...lunar...annular...partial and total.

Marengo resident Linda Rudnik thinks there already has been "a whole lot of hoopla" about the solar eclipse that will be visible from the contiguous 48 states August 21. "I think the primates are what we'll be interested in watching because they are cognitively advanced. I just want to be more aware", Rudnik said.

Just like the other face, the solar eclipse happens when there's a movement of the moon past the sun and earth, making the world experience darkness.

The earth averages two to three eclipses each year, but a total eclipse happening in any given area is extremely rare. The sky will grow very dark like a deep twilight.

Amazon is advising against using a certain brand of solar eclipse glasses that were available on the site, according to an email sent to customers who purchased the glasses. If you have the opportunity to go see the total eclipse, do it!

The best of the apps are the Smithsonian's Eclipse 2017 and Eclipse Safari, which offer science history, and best practices for why you need to wear your solar glasses during the time of totality, respectively. The solar eclipse of 2017 will be vastly different form the 1918 eclipse, with about 200 million people living within a day's drive of the path of totality. The eclipse will begin a few minutes after 9 a.m. and then reach the maximum coverage at about 10:20 a.m., but the maximum will last only for a couple minutes. Because the eclipse will only be partial, it's essential that anyone wishing to view it obtain the correct protective eyeware. "In our area, it is not going to be completely covered; a sliver of the sun will still be showing; normal sunglasses will not be enough". These are solar gases/filaments that erupt from the sun's surface and typically loop back around. A person would not know until he or she looks away and is left with permanent central vision loss.

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has certified that Rainbow Symphony of Reseda, Calif., - the manufacturer of the glasses - is among the manufacturers on its "Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters and Viewers" list, he said.

Amazon appears to have been cracking down on these suspect glasses. "The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse".

"It's a big event".

Still, the entire state of Iowa will be darkened about one o'clock that afternoon by a partial eclipse. "I thought we should definitely participate and make it available to the public to be able to come here and watch it safely".

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One source told Business Insider that she had nearly purchased a five-pack of eclipse glasses on Amazon, before double checking the date - and realizing that they wouldn't arrive until September.

Total solar eclipses are incredible celestial events.

"It's really important to resist the urge to look even momentarily, directly in the sun because you have no real sense of time", says Dr. Christopher Quinn, president of the American Optometric Association. In a total solar eclipse TOTALITY means EVERYTHING.

It's easier to see a lunar eclipse than the solar eclipse.

"In the middle of the day, it's sunny and suddenly 'Bling!' The stars appear overhead", Thorson said.

Sedlacek is far from the only person traveling to get a better view of the eclipse.

Even if it doesn't inspire the next Einstein, this year's eclipse might give rise to a more passionate, more diverse generation of scientists, one that has a deeply personal connection to the motions of the universe.

"One of the things that we're doing is tracking rumors, and we're hearing a rumor on Twitter that a lot of people from Seattle are going to be coming down very, very early on Monday morning of the eclipse and that's going to complicate the morning commute in the city of Portland", said Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton to Portland's NBC affiliate, KGEW. From a safety standpoint...more on this's the ONLY time you can TAKE OFF the filtered glasses and watch what happens. There are also tips on how to make an old-fashioned pinhole projector for viewing.

McHenry County College hosted a speaker from the Adler Planetarium on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming eclipse.

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