Library to host solar eclipse party

For the first time in almost a century, on August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the contiguous United States.

If you attempt to look at the sun with solar glasses and can not do so comfortably or see hazy images stop using them immediately. Solar filters are necessary for the rest of the eclipse.

How do you know if your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers are truly safe? He's been chasing them ever since.

On August 21, the whole of America will experience a partial solar eclipse as the moon moves in front of the sun, blocking its rays. Eclipses occur when the sun is close to either the ascending or descending node of the moon (the points at which the moon's orbit crosses the ecliptic, the circular path the sun follows).

Oh, and the sun is going to be replaced by a black orb in the sky with a ring of fire around it. You will be able to view the sun's atmosphere, called the corona - a halo of exceedingly hot gas that's invisible under normal circumstances.

During this partial lunar eclipse, the Earth's shadow covers only parts of the Moon, as seen from Dubai. For 27 minutes, the umbra will sweep rapidly to the east over the ocean. The scientific explanation behind this fascinating event involves our moon, the sun and the power of a shadow.

The eclipse will not cross IN, but it will IN parts of IL and Kentucky. There, the solar eclipse starts at 1:17 p.m. EDT and totality begins at 2:46 p.m. EDT, lasting for about 1 1/2 minutes. For the August eclipse, that path will cross the continental United States from OR on the West Coast to SC on the East Coast. This is how far the moon would be from the Earth, this little tiny thing. That's about 40 seconds longer than the Kentucky Derby! Here in Floyd County, we will experience a blockage of the Sun much of the afternoon with the maximum blockage occurring around 2:34 p.m.

Dr. Chad Cleverly at Boise Vision Care in Boise says many people plan on using a telescope or binoculars to watch, but unless you have special filters that go at the end of those lenses you could damage your eyes even more. Nashville, Tenn., is the largest city to lie entirely within the path of totality. But these have all been partial solar eclipses. From there the eclipse will pass through Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and SC. It will be his first time seeing a total eclipse from the ground. The moon won't be seen completely covering the sun in Central Florida, but the area will get 85 percent totality during this celestial phenomenon. It may only last for a few moments but it is a rare sight worth watching. Experiencing your surroundings descending into nearly total darkness (certainly dark enough to see the planets) is a surreal experience at 2:40pm in the afternoon.

  • Carolyn Briggs