Astronaut Films a Solar Eclipse From Space

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 12, 2017

Solar eclipse watchers from OR to Idaho will likely have the best view of the August 21 event along the path of totality, based on a map created using NASA Earth satellite data.

What happens during a solar eclipse? It orbits the Earth about 400 times closer than the sun, which makes both heavenly bodies the same size in our sky - as long as the moon's elliptical orbit remains in a sweet spot.

What will it look like?

"We want to see if animals are having a reaction at the 90 percent, 80 percent or even 75 percent mark", said Ricard, who is helping spearhead the project. The pale corona, or outer edge, of the sun, which is visible only during a total solar eclipse, will be a million times dimmer than the sun itself as it shines around the moon.

The total solar eclipse path cuts across northeast Kansas, including Wyandotte County.

After the thrill of an eclipse you can't wait to do it again (I've now seen six total solar eclipses), but wait you must until that exquisite alignment of sun, moon and Earth comes around once more.

In the northwest, sky-gazers will find the total eclipse through central OR, where almost 1 million visitors are expected to gather in campgrounds, state parks and festivals to awe at the celestial event amid some of state's most lovely landscapes. But the eclipse will begin well before it's visible here. It will last two hours and 46 minutes, starting at 11:48 a.m. and ending at 2:34 p.m. Viewers will first notice that a little bit of the upper right-hand side of the sun is missing, as if someone took a bite out of the sun. When total eclipse begins in western OR, the partial eclipse will just be starting here in Baltimore. It would be interesting to analyze Global Positioning System data along the path of the upcoming August eclipse to see if any scintillation events could be triggered. The corona is the same brightness as the full moon and is equally safe to look at with the naked eye. We carefully placed ourselves on the centerline of the eclipse, but thick clouds hid the sun from view.

Rick Fienberg, spokesman for the American Astronomical Society, declared: "Going through life without ever experiencing totality is like going through life without ever falling in love".

Monday, Aug. 21 - Join them for an eclipse viewing event.

Smith was in college in North Carolina at the time of the 1970 total solar eclipse.

But there is always more to learn, so it should come as no surprise that a few experiments to document animal behavior are in the works for the Great American Eclipse. There are many more partial eclipses, when the moon never fully covers the sun's face, and annular solar eclipses, when the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun, creating an apparent "ring of fire" in the sky at the point of greatest eclipse. Watching the celestial event is a rare experience, but it also carries a lot of risks, as one man can tell you. On Aug. 21, for the first time in a century, that 0.5 percent will cross the whole of North America, more or less kitty-corner from northwest or through Idaho and across Wyoming, Nebraska and Missouri, then parts of five more states to SC, potentially creating the largest-ever audience for a totality. That eclipse took a somewhat similar path as this month's will, from OR to Florida.

You can find special solar eclipse glasses at Walmart, 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Lowes, ToysRUs, Home Depot or Amazon.

He saw a line of llamas gather together to see a total eclipse with him and his fellow astronomers in Bolivia. The 2045 eclipse will track from northern California to Florida.

The eclipse will happen on August 21, 2017. For viewers in Monroe County, about 87 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon.

We in the Tomah area will not be in totality, but we do want to get the most enjoyment from this eclipse. You can damage your eyes if you are not using proper safety equipment to view the eclipse. The sun will look like a dark hole in the sky. Without that, eclipses wouldn't be almost as dramatic, if possible at all.

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