Chasing a solar eclipse? NASA jets up to take stunning imagery

by Abel Hampton July 29, 2017, 0:07
Chasing a solar eclipse? NASA jets up to take stunning imagery

A West Tennessee company is playing a major role in the upcoming total solar eclipse, providing tens of millions of glasses to safely watch the event. "In the eclipse path, temperatures and clouds may change quickly", said the NASA video's narrator.

Certified solar viewing glasses must be worn to view the eclipse in a safe manner. The result is, when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, they look to be the same size to viewers. He emphasizes that even though the moon will be blocking most of the sun during the eclipse, it is still not safe to look directly at the sun. "But it's also about the sun and the science of the sun in general, and how eclipses have been used for other types of scientific investigations".

"This is a great launching point for that, but we hope it continues past the eclipse as well", she said. Whether you go, however, Anthony Aveni's panoramic look at the history and culture of solar eclipses is a recommended way to share the spirit of the occasion. The eclipse of June 13, 1257, nearly counts, though purists may argue that it also went over land in what is now the Hawaiian Islands.

Attendees learned at the total solar eclipse class the difference between solar and lunar eclipses and that there are four types of solar eclipses: partial, annual, hybrid and total.

Users can continue using the GLOBE Observer app after the total solar eclipse is over.

We love this free app not only for its eclipse features, but also because it brings the latest Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory news to your pocket.

Des Jardins made a point of debunking a longstanding myth that it's risky to look at the sun during an eclipse. For instance, Lunt Solar Systems sells its own solar eclipse filter glasses, but its products are just rebranded from TSE 17. "They'll miss the whole thing". Other features include both Spanish- and English-language discussions about the eclipse, as well as a live view of the eclipse from Wyoming and Oregon. Solar eclipse viewers will be available, as well as on the day of the event. This speed pitfall becomes even more apparent if you consider that we have the military capability to match and exceed the eclipse's speed, which means we could technically observe it from beginning to end.

"That's what's needed for most of the eclipse". The app's makers promise that "no astronomy degree is required" to understand the information.

During the solar eclipse on August 21, onlookers will want to document the historic event with photos and videos.

Ok, so you get that you need glasses.

The total solar eclipse provides a rare opportunity for scientists to study the Sun, particularly its atmosphere.

-Pick your spot ahead of time. But the long-anticipated total solar eclipse of 2017 will then be history, etched forever in the minds of those who watched.

The eclipse will be partially visible in the Triad at about 2 p.m. and will be at least 95 percent visible at 2:40 p.m.


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