Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

Local science organizations offer help to prepare for the solar eclipse

Got a spot picked to watch the eclipse? Ferndale has the perfect event to learn something, too Rhode Islander heading south for best view of solar eclipse
Velma Reese | 14 August, 2017, 00:16

Kathy McNeilly, second from right, director of the Oak Ridge Public Library, and library employees presented a pair of solar eclipse glasses to City Manager Mark Watson, center, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

Solar eclipse glasses are flying off the shelves. Snacks, crafts and other eclipse-related activities will be available while waiting for the moment of the eclipse. This astronomical event is a unique opportunity for scientists studying in the shadow of the Moon, but it's also a flawless opportunity to capture unforgettable images. Children ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The eclipse is expected to have 81 percent coverage from this location. Watching the celestial event is a rare experience, but it also carries a lot of risks, as one man can tell you.

The eclipse is only expected to last about two minutes, but Bart Treece with Washington's Department of Transportation says visitors from BC need to be prepared for what he describes as a "multi-day" experience.

Any filter less opaque than that may cause severe eye damage that would not become evident until hours later, Chou warned.

The Oak Ridge Public Library will give out 500 pairs of eclipse glasses to library patrons on Monday, August 14.

Charlottesville driver arrested by police
The group also reported vandalism to "Hate Has No Home Here" signs that were put up in yards throughout the neighborhood. The driver has been identified as James Alex Fields, 20, of OH , according to CNN .

Huston said the sun is different during a solar eclipse than it is normally.

Eclipse viewing glasses also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on the library plaza, the news release said. The American Astronomical Society, a NASA partner, has verified that these manufacturers are making eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers that meet the ISO 12312-2 worldwide standard for such products. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. During totality, the corona has a wide range of brightness so it's best to use a fixed aperture and a range of exposures from approximately 1/1000 to 1 second.

The legitimate glasses, which offer no views outside the eclipse, carry their own hazards, however. Turn away from the sun before removing the solar filter.

NPS said to view the sun during the eclipse, use eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer. The optical device concentrates the sun's light, which can damage the solar viewer and then your eyes. The filter should always go on the front of the device.

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