Solar eclipse will help scientists learn more about 'space weather'

13 Août, 2017, 07:23 | Author: Claudine Rigal

While Brookings will not be in the total eclipse path, the community will still have a pretty good show, experiencing a partial eclipse with.91 magnitude.

Scientists donated telescopes to trained volunteers to capture 90 minutes of the solar eclipse. In this phase, only a portion of the sun is covered. Twice a year, the moon's orbit crosses that sun-Earth plane, which astronomers call the ecliptic, but that doesn't usually coincide with the new moon. It will cast a narrow, approximately 70 mile wide shadow across the Earth.

There are several distinct features that make a total solar eclipse a spectacular sight.

If you're lucky enough to be in the path of totality, you may notice a change in the sky's hue as the shadow moves closer to you, Young says.

Total solar eclipses only happen by coincidence - the moon looks nearly exactly the same size as the sun in the sky because the sun happens to be 400 times wider than the moon, but it is also 400 times farther away, according to the Eclipse Megamovie website.

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The last time this happened, it was February 26, 2017, and it was visible across South America in the morning and Southern Africa at night. You'll need to add a certified solar filter to these devices to safely look at the sun.

How does a total solar eclipse happen?

If you can't make this month's eclipse, you're going to have to wait seven years.

This eclipse will be visible to the entire population of the contiguous United states, making landfall through many major cities and making it likely one of the most witnessed total solar eclipses in recent history. That's right, the next full solar eclipse for Americans will come in 2024, when areas of the sky above Texas, Mexico, the Midwest and the northeastern USA will be darkened by the Moon's creeping shadow. Many places, including libraries and museums, will be giving out free eclipse glasses.

Don't expect to see this natural phenomenon with the naked eye. Local stores have been selling out of these special glasses quickly, so don't wait to get a pair. With these shades, you can view the eclipse before, during, and after totality without any problems. So your regular sunglasses, or sunglasses that your mother got after her cataract surgery, are not going to protect the eyes. For the 2017 event, the period of totality will range from 30 seconds to two minutes and 40 seconds, depending on where the viewer is in the path of the event. Solar filters must be placed over the outer element of telephoto lenses, telescopes or binoculars. The more you know!

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