Local science organizations offer help to prepare for the solar eclipse

Cardboard frames for solar eclipse glasses

Cardboard frames for solar eclipse glasses

August 21 is the Great American Eclipse. The Moon now covers the sun 100 percent, and the silvery twilight recedes to darkness.

And even if it's cloudy, it will be interesting to see it get almost dark around lunchtime.

The sky will darken, the temperature will drop a few degrees, birds will stop singing and start to roost, chickens stir and crickets will start to chirp.

Of course, if it's a cloudy day, most of this will be mute! If someone views the eclipse improperly, without wearing the right eye protection - even briefly - they will have a permanent blind spot in the center of their vision for the rest of their life. I have to emphasize that. The total event will be completed by 2:24 p.m., lasting a total of two hours and 47 minutes.

Marengo resident Linda Rudnik thinks there already has been "a whole lot of hoopla" about the solar eclipse that will be visible from the contiguous 48 states August 21. If you do make the trip there, get there in plenty of time ahead of the event. When I was a kid the "S" volume of the encyclopedia was my favorite and the most worn from my use. "It's a chance to experience space science without having to leave home".

The US has solar-eclipse fever.

The path goes just south of the IN border, which means Fort Wayne will experience a partial solar eclipse with about 85 percent of the sun blocked, Science Central Executive Director Martin S. Fisher said IN a news release. As a father, I'm even more concerned. I'll be heading down to SC along with AccuWeather's Reed Timmer to cover the eclipse. Does that bother you?

"If I have to go to OR or Nebraska OR whatever, I'll do it". They're saying hundreds of millions of people will see it because the path is along such densely populated areas.

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A few hours to the northwest, Chaco Culture National Historical Park will also host eclipse activities, including telescope viewing and a live feed of the total eclipse. For the rest of their lives they'll say they saw it. "This is really going to be a special day for students". If I wake up to rain I'm prepared to travel around to get where it's visible if possible.

"Come out wherever you are and enjoy this", Newman said. I've seen them at the check-out counters at Lowe's pretty cheap and they have them other places, they have them online. For viewers in Monroe County, about 87 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon.

Use them as directed and follow the common-sense guidelines published previously in The Missourian. I ordered some from @amazon & apparently they shipped from China & won't make it in time.

If you haven't placed an order yet - or your glasses are arriving after the solar eclipse - don't panic yet. One way is to just take two Styrofoam plates and punch a little hole in one with a thumbtack or something.

"'It's so unsafe for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina", he says.

On Aug. 21, you'll find him in Casper, Wyo., for what's being called the "Great American Eclipse". Eclipse cartographers have been hard at work, too: Xavier Jubier's Google Map and Michael Zeiler of GreatAmericanEclipse.com's handy web app are also worth investigating. You will begin to see bright tiny "solar crescents" dancing on the ground in the shadows of tree leaves/branches. "As we learn more about the safety concerns related to Eclipse glasses, we'll assess changes regarding your disbursement reserve balance". The next total solar eclipse will occur June 30, 2345.

Solar eclipse glasses distributed by Northeast Community College are certified and safe for viewing the Monday, Aug. 21, eclipse.

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