Total Solar Eclipse 2017

For more information and safety instructions for viewing the eclipse, click the image (above) to link to the American Society for Retinal Specialists website.

A total solar eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017.  This will be the first time in 38 years that this has happened in the continental United States.  Even then, not many folks had the chance to view the eclipse back in February 1979, because it appeared in only a handful states in the Northwest.

During a total solar eclipse, the earth, moon and sun all align.  The moon must be in its new moon lunar phase for this to occur.  The center line of the path provides the optimal view of the eclipse in its totality; however, everybody in the contiguous states will see at least a partial eclipse.

The largest city in the direct path of the 2017 eclipse will be Nashville, Tennessee.  Duration of the eclipse will vary from location to location due to changes in distance from the sun and moon, as well as earth to moon.  Experts state that the maximum time the eclipse in its totality will last is two minutes and 40.2 seconds.  This will happen slightly south of Carbondale, Illinois in Giant City State Park.

Besides the obvious changes in the amount of sunlight, other phenomena will occur too.  Depending on the environment, viewers may notice a slight temperature drop, shadows looking different, breezes dissipating and birds no longer chirping.

Unlike most other celestial events, scientists know exactly what will happen during this eclipse.  They guarantee it will occur when, where and for how long they say.  Best of all, it will transpire during daylight hours.

To view the eclipse, use appropriately filtered eyewear or use a safe indirect method to see the phenomenon.  (Click the eclipse icons to connect to the ASRS or AAO websites for safety instructions.)

One of the editors of Astronomy Magazine made a suggestion to anyone who truly wanted to view the eclipse.  DON’T BOTHER TRYING TO PHOTOGRAPH IT.  He recommends enjoying the eclipse without fiddling around with your phone. This occurrence will only last for a couple of minutes, and most pictures will not come close to capturing what you will witness with your own eyes.

For more facts and tips for viewing the 2017 total solar eclipse visit Astronomy Magazine’s website.

For more information and safety instructions for viewing the eclipse, click the image (above) to link to the
American Academy of Ophthalmology website.
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