Total Solar Eclipse

As you all know I love astronomy so being able to see a total Solar Eclipse this Monday August 21st is a major deal.  The last time a total Solar Eclipse was visible across all of the United States was on June 8th in 1918, almost 100 years ago.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, totally or partly blocking the image of the sun for a viewer on Earth.  

According to Howard Hochhalter, who manages the Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida, he says that people in Florida will get about 83 to 85% of the eclipse.  It will look like a fingernail clipping in the sky, with the moon blocking most of the sun.

“We will get dark skies enough to be able to see Venus and Jupiter in the sky, and probably the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, which is right now up in the sky but we can’t see it because of the light of the sun, but we’ll likely be able to see those three things, “ Hochhalter said.

But a person has to be careful not to look directly at the solar eclipse without special solar-filtering glasses, just as you can’t look directly at the sun without wearing sun glasses.

The event will begin on the Oregon coast as a partial eclipse at 9:06 a.m. PST on August 21, and will end later that day as a partial eclipse along the South Carolina coast at about 4:06 p.m. EST.  People in Florida should be able to see it at about 2:50pm.

I plan on being glued to the sky to watch this amazing event.


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