If you find yourself now babbling about how the corona will be visible on the central line of the path of totality, or voice excitement at witnessing the diamond ring or the Baily's beads, know that you're not alone - and that your newfound eclipse terminology is only scratching the surface.
THE FIRST TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN IN 99 years - well, it'll nearly be a total eclipse in our neck of the woods - is coming August 21.
The Rochester Public Library has an eclipse program at 1 p.m. today at Gage East and some free eclipse glasses were to be distributed there. The path of totality will be a 60-mile band passing from Washington state to SC. In addition, the Capitol Reef Natural History Association will sell special eclipse-viewing glasses at the visitor center bookstore for a nominal free. NASA teams will conduct two different eclipse experiments while the celestial event unfolds, with about 300 amateur astronomers coming from as far away as Italy.
The paper does, however, recommend that system planners and operators prepare for the event and increase coordination to understand how the eclipse will impact power flows and resource commitment.
Corvallis resident Bill Wickes will simply walk outside to see the total solar eclipse. The middle of the eclipse, which is when the most sun will be covered, will take place at 10:27 a.m., and the eclipse will end at 11:52 a.m.
The path of totality spans the USA, starting in OR and moving eastward to SC in the course of about 90 minutes.
This also applies for camera lenses, telescopes, binoculars and any other optical device - even if you're wearing eclipse glasses, these devices will not protect your eyes without a solar filter.
When: Aug. 21, noon to 4 p.m. "And now you've got this, where the maximum you're going to get is just over two and a half minutes, but that onset of darkness is pretty fast".
"The main concern is solar retinopathy, which is damage to the eye when staring directly at the sun", Dr. Shah said.
In Idaho, officials are estimating as many as a million people could descend on the state. It's a long event, so it's okay for your child to take the glasses off if he or she wants to do other things. The space agency also discouraged use of homemade filters. Are these safe? Do you really need them?
Eastern Oregon is a prime viewing spot for the eclipse, and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is preparing for big crowds starting almost a week before the August 21 show.
He worked instead as an educator, and moved to Hudson in 2003, where he noticed there was no aerospace industry or planetarium anywhere nearby. "There are only a few manufacturers you can buy these from, but it's the same kind of material that the solar glasses are made of", Walter said. Mick enjoys explaining space to kids using examples they might recognize from their everyday experiences: sticking your hand out the auto window is a great illustration of wind resistance, for instance.