Solar Eclipse 2017: Glasses Giveaway

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

It will appear as an upward-pointing arc, like the top of a fingernail. We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse. With these shades, you can view the eclipse before, during, and after totality without any problems.

"And then the third pass is actually just off the East Coast", Bresnik said.

Batesville, In. - After a 40 year wait, the United States will experience a full solar eclipse.

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When should I look for it? It begins at 1:17 pm Monday August 21st, reach its peak at 2:38 pm and end at 3:53 pm. Commencing at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1:15 p.m. EDT), a lunar shadow 73 miles wide will take one hour and 33 minutes to travel from OR on the west coast to SC on the east, allowing continuous observation for 90 minutes.

This is why New Englanders, and others living outside the path of totality, are making cross-country trips for the best view. Be sure to look down in the shade of a tree during the eclipse. The total event will be completed by 2:24 p.m., lasting a total of two hours and 47 minutes. Looking directly at the sun-even when it's partially covered-can cause serious eye damage.

Solar filters must be attached to the front of the telescope or camera lens in order to view the eclipse safely. The SDSU Society of Physics Students will host a campus viewing session near the west entrance to the Student Union Aug. 21 and will have free eclipse glasses available at that location starting the morning of the event. I had wondered for some time why no one but me seemed to be getting excited about the upcoming eclipse, but it seems the rest of America is catching up with me at last. A solar eclipse is a unique experience for our eyes - we aren't used to seeing bright beams of sunlight contrasted with a night sky. That eclipse took a somewhat similar path as this month's will, from OR to Florida. Although our viewing area isn't in the path of totality, Arkansas and Oklahoma will still see a near eclipse. The 2045 eclipse will track from northern California to Florida. It may seem like the moon blocking out the sun would make that safety precaution unnecessary, but the corona (the part of the sun visible around the edges of the moon during an eclipse) is what can do incredible amounts of damage to your eyes. That means that most of the time, at the new moon, the moon's shadow is cast just above or below Earth. According to NASA scientists, the moon's orbit is tilted in relation to the Earth's orbit around the sun, differing by five degrees. From the station's perspective, 44 percent of the sun will be blocked in a partial eclipse. Upload your eclipse images to NASA's Eclipse Flickr Gallery and relive the eclipse through other peoples' images.

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