In less than 10 days, on Monday, August 21, 2017, the United States will experience an eclipse of the sun.
The path of totality for the August 21 eclipse will reach a maximum width of 71 miles and stretch in a southeasterly route from the Pacific Northwest to the middle of the Atlantic coastal plain, passing over 14 states, including Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina. This is the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental US since 1979, first one to go coast-to-coast since 1918 - that's 99 years ago.
In the path of totality, the moon will pass in between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow on earth and blocking the sun's light, UV, and Infrared Radiation.
The path goes just south of the IN border, which means Fort Wayne will experience a partial solar eclipse with about 85 percent of the sun blocked, Science Central Executive Director Martin S. Fisher said IN a news release.
Staring at the sun without proper filtration, even when it is partially obscured by the moon during an eclipse, can damage or destroy photo-receptor cells of the eye's retina, leaving blind spots in a person's field of vision, experts said. The app maker suggests you can instead use the filter in the app, and your smartphone camera to look up at the sun.
If you really don't want to look up at the sun, you can look down instead with a quick DIY project. That's the only time it's safe to view the eclipse without protection.
Retailers including REI, Walmart, and Best Buy have sold of their eclipse glasses online.
"It turns out - here's your word for the day: Saros - that the geometry of the Sun and Earth and Moon repeats with a period of 18 years, 11 days and eight hours, nearly exactly". Having seen 33 total eclipses in my life, I implore anyone who can to take advantage of this experience. Carbondale will see the sun's face completely blocked for 2 minutes and 43 seconds, beginning at 1:20 p.m., during which time NASA intends to obtain high-resolution imagery and various other measurements.
According to NASA, about 325 million people in the country will be able to view some portion of the eclipse. "You have to be in totality to see the precise moments of time the sunlight hits the edge of the moon where it's cratered or there's a valley".
What is a solar eclipse?
After looking at the sun, turn away to remove your filters or glasses. The eclipse will still be visible outside of this pathway, as a partial eclipse. In other words, they are not in a straight line.
Combined with measurements of the ionosphere during the eclipse, they will have information on both the solar input and corresponding ionosphere response, enabling them to study the mechanisms underlying ionospheric changes better than ever before. If you notice any scratches or damages, do not use them. You can also make a nice pinhole projector inside a box, such as a large cereal box or shipping box.
Don't say News 2 never told you where to find eclipse glasses. She started hearing about the solar eclipse and planning for it two years ago.