Where to see the rare total solar eclipse 2017 in Lancaster County

10 August, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Irene Delgado
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There is a brief phase during a total solar eclipse when it is safe to look directly at the sun.

If your child's school is closing, I hope the letter encourages parents to watch it with their kids and explains how to do it safely.

Halfway through the sky spectacle, anyone within a roughly 70-mile-wide path from OR to SC will experience a brief total eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun's bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds according to NASA.

Other things compounding this problem are people like me, and the time of year.

Still, Harris says one of the best ways of viewing the sun is indirectly. I remembered how fun it was to have her in the auto with me, just talking about ordinary things.

This will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross the USA coast-to-coast, and the first to pass through any part of the lower 48 states in 38 years.

The path of totality - where day briefly becomes night - will pass over OR, continuing through the heartland all the way to Charleston, South Carolina. The largest city in Idaho is a lot more cosmopolitan than you might think, with a lively downtown area, an abundance of restaurants, breweries and wine bars, a vibrant nightlife scene and enough outdoor activities to keep you busy. We found the places with the biggest surges in searches turn out to be prime spots not only for viewing the eclipse but for an overall travel adventure.

For anyone viewing the eclipse, the only safe way to observe it directly is by using special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers. Broome said there are more than 120 viewing events listed on the Total Eclipse Weekend official list, and many of those are selling high percentages of out-of-state tickets.

"From the time the partial eclipse starts until the total solar eclipse you should be wearing (eclipse glasses)", Herrell said. NASA said that five manufacturers have so far certified their eclipse classes and handheld solar viewers to meet the standards: American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only), TSE 17, and Thousand Oaks Optical. Aurora branch manager John Harris told me August 5 they had passed out more than 200 sets, reserving a few dozen for patrons who drop in on the day of the eclipse.

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Visitors are encouraged to investigate eclipse viewing sites outside the park rather than risking traffic congestion in the park. These apps integrate road data with census information about regional populations and can provide useful layers for event maps that show how many people will be entering prime eclipse viewing areas and on which highways.

The Arboretum grounds will see a 99 percent eclipse, with the full eclipse occurring at 2:35 p.m.

Eclipse glasses are an obvious layer of protection from the sun's harmful rays, but how protective the glasses will be depends on the ISO designation of the lenses.

"There's nothing special about the light that comes through during an eclipse".

My plan is to go out with some friends for a long lunch at a restaurant with an outdoor patio. "So I may have time to step out and take a look at it if they'll let me".

He added: "At peak sunshine, California gets 40 per cent of its energy from solar panels, and it will lose almost three-quarters of that during this eclipse".

Interestingly, utilities will have to be cautious because as soon as the sun returns from behind Earth's shadow, solar panels will begin to add power into the system immediately, which could overload the system if there are too many sources at the same time.

"Still, it will be dark for the afternoon", she said.

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