Upcoming 2017 Solar Eclipse
As many of you know, there will be a solar eclipse happening in just one week! It would be an understatement to say that I am a little excited. I am EXTREMELY excited to get to witness this happen! I’m so excited that I designed tee shirts for the occasion!
The moon just happens to be sweeping across the U.S just right so that the total eclipse is visible near where I live. How lucky!!
I’ve been doing some reading on the subject of solar eclipse: Did you know, according to space.com, “two to five solar eclipses occur each year on average, but total eclipses happen just once every 18 months or so.” This blows my mind! I can’t imagine there being this many. This will be my first solar eclipse that I get to watch.
During a total solar eclipse, the moon blocks out the light from the sun, and the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, becomes visible.
While the eclipse is taking place, the moon’s shadow will cover everything! (If you’re in the path of totality) It will be strange to experience this. The day will seem like the night for about two minutes. I’m anxious to see what that looks like! The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979. Wow!
Where will the total solar eclipse be visible?
The path of totality for the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse is about 70 miles wide and stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. It passes through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
I am in the path of the total solar eclipse!!!! I will, however, need to travel north a little bit to be sure I’m in the path of totality. Where I live I’ll only see a partial. Luckily, I won’t have to travel far!
*Sidenote: I read on another website that the moon is moving over 1000 MPH! No wonder the eclipse only lasts a few minutes.
How can you see the eclipse?
I found out you can purchase special eclipse sunglasses! Some places you could probably get them for free. I found mine at Party City of all places for just under $2 a piece. I didn’t think that was too bad! They are ISO certified. I even tried them myself by carefully looking into the sun with them on. They work. If you wear them in the house, you can’t see your hand if you put it in front of your face! Wearing these glasses is one way of viewing the eclipse. I found the graphic below at NASA.gov. I like how it names the “phases” of the eclipse like; “Diamond ring” or “Baily’s beads”. [The graphic should link you to their page]
**I don’t think I would recommend taking the glasses off! I’ve heard too many stories about burning your eyes.** It would be really neat if I could somehow snap a picture of the sun in totality, but we will see. If anything, I’ll get a picture of my surroundings before and during the eclipse!
The second way is a pinhole projector. I can’t imagine how this works but apparently, it does. I may try this method as well next week. I’ll let you know how it goes!
I feel like there are a lot of preparations that need to be made this week. I plan on coming back with an update on the topic!