Published: Sat, July 29, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Total Solar Eclipse Spurs Watch Events Across US

Total Solar Eclipse Spurs Watch Events Across US

A team of NASA-funded scientists will be chasing next month's solar eclipse across America in a pair of retrofitted WB-57F jets. "The path of totality (where the sun will be completely eclipsed) crosses 20 National Parks across the U.S".

The last total solar eclipse seen in the contiguous states occurred in 1979, when it was viewed by northwestern and north central states.

But why does this happen, what will we see on the Big Island and is it really a big deal?

"We believe strongly in making the most of this rare astronomical event, in the realms of the general public, education, and creating meaningful long-lasting partnerships".

According to the release, every K-12 teacher will be provided lesson plans about the eclipse and safety to present in the weeks leading up to the event. At 1:02 p.m. Lincoln will be in a total eclipse and the game will be paused for about 1.5 minutes as it passes through.

- NASA has launched its newest app aimed to inspire citizen scientists to share their experiences during the upcoming coast to coast solar eclipse.

Whether viewing a partial eclipse like in Bladen County or the total eclipse to the south, interested persons will need to take precautions.

While researchers would ordinarily use the radius of the sun to compute exactly when the moon will cover and uncover the sun for a given location, called contact times, the opposite strategy is required here, Quaglia told Space.com.

On a brighter note, eclipse watching is safe when using approved special eye wear or by viewing it by looking at the shadows produced by the eclipse. He says eye protection is needed to view an eclipse to prevent permanent eye damage.

Of course, there are different kinds of eclipses, including partial and annular solar eclipses, as well as lunar eclipses.

What will the eclipse look like where you are? You will need a solar filter such as a solar telescope, a solar projector or solar eclipse glasses.

"Eclipse Over Clemson" will also feature several speakers, including Clemson University President James Clements, Founding Dean of the College of Science Cynthia Young, renown "eclipse-chaser" Rick Brown, and others. This year's total eclipse will pass through 14 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and SC.

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