Local libraries giving out free solar eclipse glasses


"Even though we will see only the partial eclipse on the UNI campus this summer, it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity", Marcy Seavey, UNI STEM coordinator said. Then, only five states experienced totality.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun - thereby covering the sun.

A total eclipse occurs when the path of the Moon, Earth's only natural satellite, completely blocks the Sun.

This is why there is a narrow belt where there is a total eclipse.

"Amir Caspi of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., and his team will use two of NASA's WB-57F research jets to chase the darkness across America on August 21", according to a post on NASA's website. This means the middle of the daytime will be darker and cooler.

The partial eclipse ends at 12:48 am while the penumbral eclipse ends at 2:20 am on August 8.

The total solar eclipse will go through 10 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and SC.

If you miss this year's total solar eclipse, the next one to cross the United States will be in April 2024, but it will only cross over the eastern portion of the country.

If you're planning to watch the solar eclipse this month, make sure you have the proper safety equipment.

The path of totality will start in OR, sweeping across 14 states and end north of Charleston, South Carolina. There is a 70-mile wide "totality zone" stretching from the northwest to the east coast in which people will experience a total eclipse.

VisionFirst will have eclipse viewing parties at their several locations across central Alabama. Unlike a solar eclipse, you can view a lunar eclipse with the naked eye. Floridian's will notice 80-90% of the Sun will be cover by the Moon.

During a solar eclipse, it's not safe to look directly at the sun without special glasses or a pinhole viewer.



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