Solar Eclipse 2017 Will Have Effect On Your Pets

Gwen Vasquez
August 12, 2017

The total eclipse will be visible nearby in parts of Missouri (see the full map), but even in Fayetteville, a 90% eclipse will be visible on the 21st.

Even as makers of certified, safety-tested solar eye ware rushed to meet surging demand before the August 21 eclipse, they have joined astronomers and optometrists in warning of defective knockoffs flooding the USA market.

The next solar eclipse will be here in seven years, and waiting for it might be in your best interest - if you're in the Northeast. Starting around 1 p.m. on the East Coast, the moon will begin to obscure the sun and, depending on where you are, might completely cover it. But there are still important things to know about how the solar eclipse could affect dogs and cats, including safety measures responsible pet owners should take. You'll have to be in east Asia or Australia to see that one!

NASA is funding several ground-based science investigations across the U.S. that will use the eclipse as a ready-made experiment, and three of these will look to the ionosphere in order to improve our understanding of the Sun's relationship to this region, where satellites orbit and radio signals are reflected back toward the Earth.

Rarely, Venus passes in front of the sun, a phenomenon called a transit, when Venus appears as a tiny black disc taking a few hours to move across.

If you're watching from the path, totality will feel eerie.

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"It blocks out nearly all of the light, especially the ultraviolets and the high-energy wavelengths that are damaging to the eye", he said. As a solar physicist who can only usually observe the solar corona from space by satellite instrumentation, it is special to be able to glimpse the corona with the (protected) naked eye for a brief time. Another site,, was established more than three years ago by a pair of self-proclaimed "eclipse chasers" and features hundreds of maps and guides.

I have seen a couple of partial solar eclipses, but I have not experienced the totality. For example, the California grid operator has daily experience managing solar output as the sun rises and sets, compensating for diminished sunlight by increasing the output from other sources.

We don't see a total solar eclipse with every new moon because there are other stipulations, too.

The Moon's formation 4.5 billion years ago, it would've been 23,000 km from earth, so eclipses would have been a more regular occurrence. Yet the National Resources Defense Council reassures everyone that we don't have to worry about systems failing or homes going dark while the sun ducks behind the moon for a bit.

It might seem odd that the moon is able to cover the sun because it's 400 times smaller. As the moon won't be so visible or expansive in our night sky for an eclipse to occur.

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