Ask Your Science Teacher: 'Great American Eclipse' on its way August 21

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 13, 2017

If you haven't placed an order yet - or your glasses are arriving after the solar eclipse - don't panic yet.

"Dalton will experience a partial eclipse, not a total eclipse, but it (the sun) will still be pretty covered, 99.3 percent", said Samantha Blair, Dalton State College assistant professor of physics and astronomy. Scientists will study the sun's magnetic field and determine how energy moves through the Sun and out into space.

"We had a training day on August 3, a professional learning day", said David Thacker, middle school curriculum director for Whitfield County Schools.

It is that aspect of the event that is most worrisome to eye care specialists, said Podoll, who urges viewers to heed the warning: Never look directly at the sun.

Eclipse enthusiast Dan McGlaun says the rare event is uniquely American. Note that they aren't 100% sure that these glasses or risky, they just had not received information from the vendor quoting an officially certified manufacturer, but why take the chance? The longest the sun will be completely blocked by the moon at any point along the path is under three minutes, according to NASA.

If you were on the moon, you would be able to see the effects of the solar eclipse on Earth only if you were standing on the moon's night side, the side facing the Earth. You will need special eclipse or solar viewers to look at the sun safely. Furthermore, if the filters aren't scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely. For more information, check out SciFri's Great American Eclipse spotlight. There are a large number of vendors in the local area that are selling ISO-complaint safe eclipse glasses. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Viewing the sun or an eclipse using any other glasses or filters could result in loss of vision or permanent blindness.

Before looking at the sun, stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar filters. Regulus - the brightest star in the constellation of Leo - will be a little to the left of the sun and the moon, and visible to those using binoculars or a small telescope. The sun is so bright that we squint, our eyes tear up, and we look away. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern. Otherwise, use an indirect method such as looking at the sun's shadow through a pinhole. I bought some offline and made several viewers.

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Twice a year, though, there is a period where the moon and the sun line up with Earth - astronomers call this an eclipse season. "We had the opportunity to work with a trainer for NASA".

Most of the event (and all of it, if you're outside the Path of Totality) is a partial eclipse, which begins when the moon's shadow intersects with the sun before slowly moving across it.

Don't look at the eclipse, unless, of course, you live in the backwoods of Tennessee.

Leading scientists tell us that post-eclipse, the only two things they expect to survive are cockroaches and Facebook.

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