Spectators Gear Up in United States for Coast-to-coast Solar Eclipse

  • Spectators Gear Up in United States for Coast-to-coast Solar Eclipse

Spectators Gear Up in United States for Coast-to-coast Solar Eclipse

They'll use ground-based telescopes, airborne instruments, and orbiting satellites to shed new light on some of the Sun's best-kept secrets. The total eclipse on August 21st will occur over Iowa shortly after 1 p.m./Central and will last, at most, about two-and-a-half minutes. The solar corona is very hot, millions of degrees, many orders of magnitude, hotter than the surface below the surface of the sun. It is hauntingly attractive.

You won't need protective glasses to see the total eclipse that is coming to a post office near you.

Weather permitting, people can watch as the moon's 70-mile-wide (113 kilometers) shadow crosses through 14 states from 10:15 a.m. PDT (1715 GMT) around Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to 2:49 p.m. EDT (1849 GMT) in McClellanville, South Carolina. An estimated two-thirds of the country lives within an easy day's drive of the path. His EclipseWise website is a reputable source of technical details about the August 21 eclipse. "And to get people thinking about really the most unbelievable natural phenomenon that happens on the surface of the earth, a total solar eclipse". "It's literally the difference between day and night", says Fienberg. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout the rest of the country. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

"Sunlight focused by the optics will burn right through the filters and injure your eyes".

LARAMIE-With the nationwide total solar eclipse now just 61 days away, this very special event will be commemorated in a US postage stamp to be first-issued today in Wyoming, one of the states that is included in the 100 percent pathway of the eclipse on August 21st.

It's also the first to be visible exclusively from the USA since we became a sovereign nation. Almost a dozen US science satellites will observe the sun and Earth.

This will be the first time since 1806 a total solar eclipse will be visible over Kansas City. "All of us are going to try and make a coordinated effort to collect data as the eclipse happens and as it disappears".

NASA plans to provide a ton of photos from before, during, and after the eclipse as captured by a total of 11 spacecraft, as well as more than 50 balloons and at least three of NASA's aircraft.