Solar eclipse could bring lights out at U.S. photovoltaic plants

James Marshall
August 9, 2017

The Aug. 21 solar eclipse will reduce the sunlight needed to create electricity at around 1,900 utility-scale solar arrays around the U.S., but the eclipse is not expected harm grid reliability, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Turner, which oversaw construction of the Science Building and the renovation of other buildings along the MTSU Science Corridor of Innovation, donated 50,000 pairs of eclipse glasses to students in the Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County school systems. Only a handful of companies have been approved to sell these specific glasses.

The AAS notes that 6,900 libraries across the US have free eclipse glasses, and that NASA, Astronomers Without Borders and some other organizations are offering free viewers.

The Great Tennessee Eclipse at MTSU, a public open house on campus to discuss and watch August 21 solar totality, has been designated by NASA as one of its six official viewing sites in the greater Nashville area.

Now you can look at the projection of the eclipse on that piece of paper.

It's been 99 years since the last total solar eclipse was visible all around the U.S. And now for two lucky contest winners, Airbnb and National Geographic are offering up front row seats to watch this stunning event take place on August 21.

"If you can see lights of more ordinary brightness through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer, and you're not sure the product came from a reputable vendor, it's no good", AAS said in a statement.

Hennessy says during a partial solar eclipse, viewers won't actually see those circles.

Herrell noted that if you're just walking outside and not looking at the sun, then there is no need to wear the glasses.

Herrell said people who view the eclipse without protecting their eyes could suffer from solar retinopathy. "You'd never know until it's too late, because our retinas don't have pain receptors".

To avoid being blinded by science, get your solar eclipse glasses and filters now!

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