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Library to offer class on viewing solar eclipse

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Andrew Cummings | 10 August, 2017, 00:36

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. They could be inspired to learn more about space and science in general.

The Midlands of SC will be one of the best places in the United States to witness the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse that's taking place on August 21. "So I may have time to step out and take a look at it if they'll let me".

Some of the letters I've read from schools to parents, though, have made me anxious. That can easily be interpreted as, "this event is unsafe and should not be watched". Are these safe? Do you really need them?

Everyone in the continental United States will have a solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Solar eclipses occur more frequently than most people believe, according to NASA. And it's a great teaching moment for our kids.

The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the continental USA was about 40 years ago, on February 26, 1979. The eclipse will last longest near Carbondale, Illinois: two minutes and 44 seconds. It's not too late for a slacker to see the eclipse, provided you can stand up getting up early to drive to see it.

We can't stare at the sun without protective eyewear, though.

"There are ways to observe it with the safety-rated glasses, but (the in the direct path of the eclipse) the effect will be more dynamic", he said.

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If you've already purchased a pair of specs, AAS has a tip for testing them out.

Full solar eclipses, when the moon positions itself smack between the sun and the Earth, happen every few years but often in remote areas or over the ocean.

Remember when you're mom told you to not look directly at the sun?

During a March, 2015 eclipse that crossed Europe, German grid operator TenneT TSO GmbH brought on 8 gigawatts of generating capacity to compensate for the loss of solar power as the sun disappeared, double the usual amount.

NASA solar astrophysicist Alex Young says the fake glasses, which are being sold in stores and online, can do real harm if they're used during the eclipse. Don't want to take any chances. If you glance at the Sun through your solar filter and find it uncomfortably bright, out of focus, and/or surrounded by a bright haze, it's no good. You'll want to be able to see that with your bare eyes! "You'll then immediately put your glasses back on", he said. People are very excited about this; they've been buying up eclipse-viewing glasses on Amazon (even fake ones) and booking trips to locales along the diagonal line between OR and North Carolina where the total eclipse will be viewable for a couple of minutes OR so, aka the ominous sounding path of totality. "You've got to watch the shadow come at you and then move away from you on 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". The generators will also be affected to a lesser extent throughout the entire eclipse, expected to last up to three hours. Animals may become very quiet - or perhaps your neighborhood dogs will start barking!

Airbnb teamed up with National Geographic to offer two eclipse enthusiasts a single-night stay in a custom geodesic dome surrounded by an observation deck housing a variety of telescopes to view the extremely rare event. It will be a memory you'll never forget.

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