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Local science organizations offer help to prepare for the solar eclipse

12 Août 2017

Some business aircraft flights may be affected by the total solar eclipse that will occur on August 21, said Heidi Williams, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure. Who sees it will depend largely upon the weather, though, so what will Canada's skies be like that day? These should not be used in conjunction with any magnifying instruments such as telescopes or binoculars, since those will intensify the sunlight and can cause the goggles to break from the intense heat.

We can't know what the future will hold - whether kids will truly find inspiration in totality, or whether our divisions will heal - but we seem destined to be affected, to some degree, by this cosmic alignment. "For K-12 teachers, studying the eclipse opens doors to the Next Generation Science Standards teaching about our place in the solar system and how the phases of the moon happen".

A rather interesting result, though, is if you split the above "Total Cloud Cover" map into its component cloud layers - high level, mid-level and low level - as seen below.

"It's a bunch of unscrupulous people cashing in on the eclipse and putting public safety at risk", said Richard Fienberg, press officer for the American Astronomical Society. There we can see the Summer Milky Way studded with star clouds floating in dark deep space.

Don't rely on this, though.

The Great American Eclipse of August 21 is fast approaching and so this seems like a good time to discuss safe viewing options.

Parts of Kansas City, Kansas, could receive 23 seconds of "totality" - the phrase being used for a total solar eclipse - as compared to 2 minutes or more for Atchison, Kan., and St. Joseph, Mo. Thus, those areas farther to the west, especially in southern Alberta and southern British Columbia, are most favourable for seeing this effect.

"We encourage them to come in earlier, get their plans settled and then, we have all the shopping and dining and attractions here, kind of make a long weekend out of it", Yang said.

"We're talking about a sliver of the moon's shadow that crosses the surface of the Earth", Lazarova said. It'll probably be more like a cloudy day.

Adler Planetarium Director of Public Observing Michelle Nichols discusses the upcoming total solar eclipse at McHenry County College Tuesday, Aug. 8. First, let's review some basics about this much-anticipated event.

One orbit later, the station will cross the path of the eclipse in the extreme northwest following a trajectory that will carry the lab over central Canada on the way to the North Atlantic. Please note that the library will close for an hour so employees can be outside when the total eclipse occurs. You know, the one we're supposed to wear to protect our eyes from the blazing sun. "The entire country will be able to see at least a partial eclipse, but Nashville is in the direct path for the total solar eclipse".

As a measure of excitement surrounding the event, a leading supplier of solar lenses, Arizona-based Thousand Oaks Optical, has sold enough of its filters this year alone to produce roughly 100 million pairs of glasses, company owner Pat Steele-Gaishin told Reuters.

Local science organizations offer help to prepare for the solar eclipse