Not in the 2017 Solar Eclipse's Path? An Astrophysicist Has Some Advice

Not in the 2017 Solar Eclipse's Path? An Astrophysicist Has Some Advice

With the Great American solar eclipse a little over a week away, people are getting ready for the first one to cross the United States in 99 years.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes between the earth and the sun, blocking out our view of the sun.

We are just 10 days away from the first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years.

Solar eclipse glasses allow the user to stare at the sun without the potential for harm to the viewers eyes.

Youth Services library assistant Andy Miller looks up at overhead lights while wearing solar eclipse viewing glasses at the Bettendorf Public Library. Working with partners, we can protect what is special about parks so that they are there for you to enjoy.

That's when Johann Julius Friedrich Berkowski took the first photograph of a total solar eclipse.

He is president of the Quad-Cities Astronomical Society and super excited about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21.

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While many people want a good, tight shot of the eclipse, keep a bigger picture in mind. The focused sunlight can melt the filter and damage the eyes. "The eclipse glasses are really simple, it's just layers upon layers, and the color of the lenses is unique to that wavelength that will be coming off the sun", Schmidt said.

Johann Berkowski captured the total solar eclipse in 1851.

National parks and heritage sites offer an unbelievable setting for watching the eclipse. From the station's perspective, 44 percent of the sun will be blocked in a partial eclipse.

The experience of seeing even a partial eclipse is described as being surreal and eerie.

The eclipse will start at around 1:25 p.m. and last until around 3:55.

Scientists and amateur astronomers have been using NASA data to plan their eclipse trips for years. Not only do they sell solar eclipse glasses, they also have an assortment of camera filters and telescopes to make viewing the eclipse the best it can be. The safe ones to use cost just a few dollars and can be found by the hundreds in boxes at the observatory during its regular hours, the Wild Center museum in Tupper Lake and at the observatory's viewing party. During that time, the skies will grow totally dark and it will become noticeably cooler, with temperatures dropping as much as 10 degrees during the eclipse, say experts.

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