Total Solar Eclipse Binoculars Get You Closer To The Sun

Casey Dawson
August 10, 2017

NASA teams will conduct two different eclipse experiments while the celestial event unfolds, with about 300 amateur astronomers coming from as far away as Italy.

Everyone in the continental United States will have a solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. And motorists on local streets need to pay special attention to pedestrians and cyclists, who may themselves be focused on the eclipse.

According to the American Astronomical Society with the National Science Foundation, eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers must meet global safety standards, and filters that don't meet those requirements can be detrimental to viewers.

Capital Weather Gang's Angela Fritz breaks down what will happen when a total solar eclipse crosses the US on August 21. The eclipse will end at 3:50 p.m. Attendees can view the eclipse from the water.

"Regular sunglasses won't do it".

The 2017 total solar eclipse is making armchair astronomers of us all, putting unusual and unfamiliar words into our mouths. You also get a private jet viewing of the moment.

21, the sun, moon and Earth will line up, causing the moon to cast a shadow onto our planet.

"It's going to be very hard for anyone with a point-and-shoot camera to take pictures of the eclipse", said Lowery.

But drivers, whether they follow that advice or not, could find themselves stuck in place for many hours, well after the eclipse has ended.

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In Portage County, the district library has been passing out eclipse viewing glasses for free.

The access road to the popular Clingmans Dome Parking Area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will close 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, through the evening of Monday, Aug. 21, following the solar eclipse event there.

"It's all nonsense", said Mark Margolis, of NASA-approved Rainbow Symphony. He said people should not put themselves at risk for solar retinopathy. And if you're very lucky, you might see an explosion of plasma from the sun being object called plasmoids or coronal mass ejections. Viewers in areas with total coverage will be able to take their glasses off during the peak of the event, when sun rays are completely blocked, but Minnesotans who want to watch will need to keep their protective eyewear on.

"You hold that index card between the sun and another sheet of paper or the ground, and the image of the sun will appear on that other sheet of paper or the ground".

"Another projection method that I think is kind of neat is you can take a Ritz cracker with its little pinhole projection instead of punching holes with a needle". And for that, he says the tried-and-true pin hole projector method is safest. The neatest thing of all is if you stand under a broad leaf tree such as an oak or maple. No others. They must be CE certified.

A solar telescope and a telescope with a solar filter will be set up in front of the visitor center starting at 9 a.m. The fovea is the part of your eye that is the most responsible for 20/20 vision. "It concentrates that light in the eye pieces that you look through and that will ... the person", he said.

"In New Jersey, 71.33% of the eclipse will be visible", said Checki, a NASA JPL Solar System ambassador. They include phrases like "the dangers of watching this event". Through predictive analyses, these layers show the number of people, their distance from an event and their estimated travel time from a given point.

McMullen said, "It's neat".

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