Solar Eclipse of the sun August 21st

Gwen Vasquez
August 12, 2017

At least some of the eclipse glasses sold on the e-commerce site are scheduled to arrive after August 21, the day of the solar eclipse.

The path of totality will go from coast-to-coast in the United States through OR to SC. The orbit of the moon is tilted five degrees from the orbit of the earth around the sun. The sun will look like a dark hole in the sky. People weep, shake and unleash primal screams.

A few states will get a total eclipse on August 21st, and the Valley will only get a partial one that will go up around 9:30 a.m. It will change us, but the question is, how? Without protecting your eyes, staring at the sun for any length of time - we're talking even seconds - can cause permanent damage, up to losing all of your vision. When totality is ending, then it's time to put them back on.

The first total solar eclipse in almost a century is 10 days away and while it will be visible in Rhode Island, some locals are hitting the road to get an even better look at the rare celestial event.

Do you have eclipse glasses yet?

That schedule has led some in the astronomy community to dub today's kids "Generation Eclipse".

Q: Would you give a fundamental "solar eclipse" definition?

"We just don't know what to expect". It's the only time we can see the corona, which is the sun's upper atmosphere.

"In 1878, there were expeditions from the U.S. Naval Observatory for a total eclipse that passed over Texas, Wyoming and Colorado", Dunham told

There is some historical precedent for this in America.

It will be a total eclipse in a small swath from the West Coast to the East Coast and a partial eclipse for the entire North American continent.

NASA will also be taking high-definition images and measurements of visible and infrared light from two WB-57 jet planes flying over the path of totality in Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee.

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In 1878, the combined population of the states in the path of totality was 2.1 million.

First caveat: You must be in the path of totality to even consider this. The corona is the same brightness as the full moon and is equally safe to look at with the naked eye.

"For folks who think it's a one-day event to head down from BC to central OR in the zone of totality and come back, that's a no go", he says.

The brief flash of light on the edge of the sun and moon that appears in the seconds before and after totality.

"We're talking about a sliver of the moon's shadow that crosses the surface of the Earth", Lazarova said. "It just reminds us that we are these miniscule little beings on a piece of rock floating on a rock in outer space, so we better get along". The rest of the USA gets a partial eclipse that extends into Canada and to the top of South America.

Retired NASA astronomer Fred Espenak said he's been waiting for this eclipse for decades. And if you think about it, three Saros cycles, the eight hours add up and so every 54 years, a total eclipse of the sun happens about in the same place as it did 50 years before.

"This is historical, and I would encourage everyone to see it", said Nathan Podoll, M.D., assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

He knows from experience.

Leonard Bates was nine years old when he saw his first eclipse. Now he hopes kids will be inspired to carry the torch into the future.

In those days, he says, people believed that eclipses meant the gods were angry and could affect the health of rulers and kings. "That is awesome. Everything else pales in comparison". Use the hashtag #Eclipse2017 and tag @NASAGoddard to connect your photos on social media to those taken around the country and share them with NASA.

Griggs spoke about how mankind has reacted to eclipses throughout history, especially before they understood the science of what was happening. We'll have to see how things develop. "For Kearney, the previous one was more than 800 years ago".

NASA photographer Bill Ingalls recommends focusing on the human experience of watching the eclipse.

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