The Eclipse: Watching your children, while you watch the totality

Gwen Vasquez
August 12, 2017

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the light of the sun from reaching Earth, and the moon casts a shadow onto Earth, according to NASA.

In the eastern states, the last areas to see the eclipse, showers and storms are likely as the jet stream takes a southward dip. The sun's corona, or top layer, is only visible during a total solar eclipse.

Metropolis Public Library, Marshall County Library, Fulton County Library and Ballard-Carlisle County Library have been giving away or selling glasses, but Fulton County has now sold out.

"It is an unspeakable sight", Zeiler said, describing the moon as appearing "sort of as a black hole". During a lunar eclipse, the Earth comes between the moon and the sun and the Earth's shadow falls on the moon, causing the moon to look red.

On Aug. 21, you have a chance to revisit that phenomenon. But Carbondale will see its second total solar eclipse in April 2024.

With an estimated 200 million people living within a day's drive of the path, huge crowds are expected. So on August 10 in 1999, there was a total eclipse of the sun.

Looking directly into the sun is unsafe, even during an eclipse. "Roughly every six months, they actually line up so that we get at least a partial solar eclipse", Young says. "Also make sure to watch for motorists who may be slowing or stopping and pedestrians standing near or on the roadway trying to view the event". These easy to make projectors can be made at home using an empty cereal box and some aluminum foil.

-Solar Eclipse VR (99 cents) needs to be attached to a virtual reality viewer like Google Cardboard to show you animated 360 degree looks at simulated eclipse's. That the moon is an irregular body, and especially along the edge, along the outer rim during an eclipse, there are going to be mountains and valleys, and so depending on where the sun disappears from where you are, maybe it disappears behind a mountain, in which case the eclipse starts early for you.

There's a very good reason that it's hard for us to gauge the impact of the eclipse: We just aren't accustomed to it.

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

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Eclipses happens sometimes when moon orbits earth and moves between the sun and earth, casting a shadow onto our planet. What is rare is when the band of totality coincides with a convenient location, rather than being in the middle of the ocean, a desert in Africa or some other exotic locale.

Nampa Public Library also hosted an event prior to the eclipse on August 9 with Boise State University's assistant professor of Physics Brian Jackson as the guest speaker.

"On Mon. Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will start in OR and cross the country, leaving Charleston as one of the last places that people can see the eclipse before it goes out to sea". "I think these days people use the word "awesome" to mean cool or neat, but I think the word "awesome" was inspired by seeing a total eclipse".

The eclipse has afforded residents in the path new entrepreneurial opportunities.

And while it was supposed to be the first day of class, all classes are cancelled on eclipse day.

The Gem State is the fourth top state for Airbnb bookings for those traveling to see the eclipse. And when sunlight was completely blocked during one eclipse, scientists in Mexico observed orb spiders tearing down their webs.

Johnsons said people should prepare their animals.

Those within the path will be treated one of nature's most awesome events, a total solar eclipse. Only during totality is it safe to look directly at the eclipse with the naked eye.

"I'm surprised at how few Montana sites there are", she said.

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