Solar eclipse in Iredell: What you need to know

James Marshall
August 13, 2017

Total solar eclipses occur when we have a new moon. Untold millions more will see it streaming online, or via photos and videos posted to social media. Destinations in the path of the August 21 eclipse, which will be visible in the US along a narrow path from OR to SC, are going wild with plans for festivals, concerts and viewing parties.

It will be a cultural touchstone moment for the 21 century, with effects potentially far more profound for the people who actually get to bask in the shadow of the moon. People weep, shake and unleash primal screams. It will change us, but the question is, how?

A solar eclipse happens, on average, a couple of times a year.

Jim Pickens, president of the Spokane Astronomical Society, said that anyone planning to travel to the path of totality across OR and Idaho better have a well thought-out plan. Pages for products such as "MASCOTKING Solar Eclipse Glasses 2017 - CE and ISO Certified Safe Shades for Direct Sun Viewing - Eye Protection" and others that the company hasn't been able to verify as coming from a recommended manufacturer have been removed from the site.

Totality - the time when the face of the sun is fully covered by the moon - only lasts a few minutes, but scientists say it is still capable of affecting animals who use light cues to help them decide what to do and when. Astronomers are calling this one the "Great American Eclipse".

That means the next generation won't just be accustomed to awe-inspiring acts of the universe, but also to widespread shared experiences, ones that blur our lines of division and bring us under the universal umbrella of human beings, residents of Earth.

That will be a big deal for us! She described Albuquerque's view of the upcoming eclipse as like a bright, crescent moon. Just keep in mind to wear your eclipse safety glasses for all stages of the eclipse before and after totality!

There is some historical precedent for this in America. The next total solar eclipse will occur June 30, 2345.

The partial eclipse is scheduled to start in Brookings at 11:37 a.m. In 2017, officials estimate 1 million people will converge onto the path of totality in OR alone, with millions joining in across the country.

Events in the region include an "Eclipse Con" festival, concerts and tailgate parties.

"Totality begins at about 10:15 [a.m.] local time at a place called Lincoln Beach, Oregon, and that path travels across 14 states", says Alex Young, associate director for science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. As you know, a solar eclipse is when the moon passes in front of the sun causing a shadow to fall on the earth.

"We have no idea how many observations we are going to get, but we'll take as many as we can", Ricard said.

We in the Tomah area will not be in totality, but we do want to get the most enjoyment from this eclipse.

Panjwani's eclipse glasses come from two NASA-approved sellers: Thousand Oaks Optical in Arizona and Baader Planetarium in Germany.

NASA also went ahead and created this map, which combines the likelihood of clear skies with the eclipse path of totality. You're a science teacher - but is there more to it? And at the new moon, there will be a solar eclipse, when the sun is blocked by the moon.

He knows from experience. Ninety-five percent is related to the solar eclipse. You do not just see a total solar eclipse.

Educators have been pushing STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - for a while, but traditional education can't hold a candle to the impact of a total solar eclipse. "This is really going to be a special day for students".

Around 600,000 people are expected to travel to Wyoming alone to view the eclipse. "That is awesome. Everything else pales in comparison". During totality, the corona has a wide range of brightness so it's best to use a fixed aperture and a range of exposures from approximately 1/1000 to 1 second.

The NASA video above outlines how to make a device, using a cereal box, to safely view the eclipse.

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