Library, schools offering eclipse viewing options


In Earth's history, there have been some 3 billion solar eclipses in the USA alone, though some were partial rather than total. Other drivers may be attempting to watch the eclipse and drive at the same time. The College of Sciences celebration will highlight some of this eclipse research, featuring live climate data from the path of totality, a weather balloon launch to study temperature during the eclipse, and hands-on physics demonstrations.

Viewing a solar eclipse involves taking safety precautions. The natural phenomenon is rare in and of itself, requiring flawless alignment of the Earth, moon and sun, and, according to scientists, often occurs over water sources or other locations uninhabited by humans.

BIS science teacher Kenya Johnson said the eclipse on Monday will be the first total coast-to-coast eclipse in almost 100 years, while the event will mark the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in nearly 40 years. The rest of North America will experience a partial eclipse, and the Triangle will see about 93 percent coverage.

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Onslow County Public Library will host watch parties at each of its branches from 2-4 p.m.

"It's been a while since a total eclipse has been seen from our area", said Johnson. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse, in which the moon covers part of the sun. Parents must complete these forms no later than Friday, August 18, to indicate their wishes for their students during the eclipse. You can also use a pinhole projection to see how much of the sun is covered by looking at the moon-obstructed shadows cast on a piece of paper. Planetary positions are from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Development Ephemeris 421. "You don't want to do that to your eyeball". Some teachers have purchased glasses for students and will take them outside to view the eclipse with the permission of parents.

"We want everyone to experience and enjoy the eclipse safely next week, but it's important that they protect their eyes at all times with the proper solar glasses and viewers", said Esposito. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun. Just make sure they are shade number 12 or higher. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.