A rare eclipse across America is two months away. On Aug. 21, 2017, millions of Americans will be able to experience one of nature’s most awe-inspiring shows -- a total solar eclipse.
For the first time since 1918, the dark shadow of the moon will sweep coast-to-coast across the United States, putting 14 states in the path of a spectacular view and a partial eclipse across all 50 states.
Although Arizona isn’t one of the 14 states to see the total solar eclipse, you will notice a dimming of the sun.
NASA says people who live in the path of the moon’s shadows will see stars and planets become visible in what is normally a sunlit sky.
NASA scientist Dr. Nicholeen Vaill said, “I’m excited about the solar eclipse because you get to see the solar corona and that’s the part of the sun that I study. The solar corona is very hot, millions of degrees, many orders of magnitude, hotter than the surface below the surface of the sun. It would be like walking away from a fireplace and it kept getting hotter and we want to understand why that is. The solar corona is a place where giant magnetic explosions happen, releasing plasma and magnetic fields out into the solar system which impact the earth and other planets.”
NASA warns that it’s very important to never look directly at the sun with the naked eye. Vail said, “You definitely want to have special safety glasses and not sunglasses. You can also use an indirect method like a pin hole camera.”
Instructions for this can be found at NASA’s website along with other safety information.
Go to NASA’s website to trace the map of the eclipse across America, activities, education, DIY solar viewers, livestream, time line and much more.
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