Eclipse offers rare opportunity to study sun, atmosphere, animals

Eclipse offers rare opportunity to study sun, atmosphere, animals

Participants will learn about the science behind the solar eclipse and even take a turn riding a moon buggy. This is a free event, open to the public. "That's the one thing that I'm most nervous about and I know most eclipse chasers are most nervous about", Young says.

However, the total solar eclipse will also have imperceptible effects, such as the sudden loss of extreme ultraviolet radiation from the Sun, which generates the ionised layer of Earth's atmosphere, called the ionosphere.

On Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will pass the continental United States.

The two-page book features three diagrams showing the alignment of the sun, moon and earth; the different stages of the eclipse; and the eclipse's path of totality across 14 states from OR to SC.

So how do we see the eclipse safely? The eclipse will be visible here from about noon to 3 p.m.

Here's a test, put on the glasses and if you can see the room you're in you probably shouldn't use those glasses to look at the sun. Under normal conditions, the corona can not be seen from the ground because it is overwhelmed by the brightness of the sun's main disk, the photosphere.

The college is pulling out all stops to make the "Great Eclipse Caper Event" educational, safe and fun.

"Telescopes with Solar Filters - Eclipses are best viewed directly when magnified, which means a telescope with a solar filter or solar telescopes". The sun's corona, or top layer, is only visible during a total solar eclipse. After that, there won't be another occurrence until August 12, 2045, according to a news release. The Bravas and Ragin' Cajun food trucks also will be parked nearby so people can enjoy food while they watch.

The day of the Eclipse, the York County library will host a viewing party starting at 1:30 pm.

Homemade filters and ordinary sunglasses don't provide enough protection for looking at the sun or the eclipse. Those who view the eclipse must use special glasses to protect their eyes. Only use a telescope or binoculars if they are fitted with reliable solar filters created to fit directly on the instruments and the operator knows how to use them.

"Cloud cover and smoke still allow the UV rays to come through and cause damage to your eyes", said Jennifer Johnson, safety officer for the event. Scientists will study the sun's magnetic field and determine how energy moves through the Sun and out into space.

People watch a partial eclipse in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 20, 2015. The optical device concentrates the sun's light, which can damage the solar viewer and then your eyes. Using a tripod can help you stabilize the camera and avoid taking blurry images during the low lighting. The filter should always go on the front of the device.

Merlo also explains prices can range from a couple cents to a couple of dollars depending on how many you order but he recommends ordering glasses as soon as possible as they are in high demand, in fact many places in the Tri-State are still sold out.