Library to offer class on viewing solar eclipse


If you can't get a live view of the August 21 total solar eclipse that will sweep across the US, there's another option for seeing this celestial event - watching it in virtual reality. So now is the time to prepare for what we'll see here and how to make the most of this extraordinary experience.

The 2017 total solar eclipse is making armchair astronomers of us all, putting odd and unfamiliar words into our mouths.

"That'll last about a little more than two minutes and 20 seconds and then it'll start to get bright again".

The path of totality covers 14 states from OR to SC.

Orangeburg County will be in the direct path of the total solar elipse. The middle of the eclipse, which is when the most sun will be covered, will take place at 10:27 a.m., and the eclipse will end at 11:52 a.m.

So how dramatic will the effects be in metro Atlanta?

"If you don't take your glasses off, you won't see anything because the light is blocked out so much". "If you're not looking for it, you'll probably miss it". Also, there will be hands-on activities, a sun dial display and planetarium shows in the SciDome Theater focused on the sun, moon and eclipses.

Eye protection is critical.

NASA has a Web page with loads of information on the eclipse, which as you may know is due on August 21, from about noon to 2:45 p.m., and the American Astronomical Association has a list of manufacturers of eclipse glasses that are reputable and will protect your eyes.

"The answer is of course no".

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Former astronaut and Kentucky native Terry Wilcutt, who serves as NASA's chief of safety and mission assurance, will headline the "Night at Noon" eclipse party hosted by West Kentucky Community and Technical College on the lawn of the Challenger Learning Center. Through October 1, visitors can view the special Lunar Exhibit, in which local and regional artists showcase their work inspired by the solar eclipse, each individually presented in the same, uniformly-sized moon-shapes.

Yes, you really need them, and yes, you need to check if the cheapo glasses you can buy at your nearest convenience store or hobby shop are safe.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, blocking our view of the sun. Be sure to look down in the shade of a tree during the eclipse.

"The 2017 eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime experience", Bob Jacobs, Volvo Car USA's vice president of marketing, product and brand communication, said in a statement.

Looking at roughly the hour of totality for that ten-year period, researchers looked at various factors, including percent chance the cloud cover will be broken, clear, few, overcast, or scattered.

"It was great", she said instantly, mentioning how good she felt to have me pick her up from school to do something special.

If viewing through a telescope, you have to have the proper filter on it for safe viewing.

If you'd like to enjoy the eclipse at the library, chairs will be set up outside and complimentary coffee will be available.

Finally, experts urge you to take eye safety seriously! "You'd never know until it's too late, because our retinas don't have pain receptors". "And now you've got this, where the maximum you're going to get is just over two and a half minutes, but that onset of darkness is pretty fast". They include phrases like "the dangers of watching this event". The chances drop east of the MS, where clouds are more likely to interfere. "If there's cloud cover (which is pretty likely off the OR coast), you'll also be able to see a reflection of the eclipse on the cloud bank below the plane-a spectacular sight that even the most ardent eclipse chaser might wait a lifetime to witness".

Unfortunately, Georgia will not be in the path of totality during that eclipse.