Solar Eclipse 2017: What You Need To Know

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NASA has said it is taking advantage of the August 21 total solar eclipse to better our understanding of Earth's ionosphere, a very perplexing region which grows and shrinks based on solar conditions.

Many wild animals may mistake solar eclipses for twilight, McLendon wrote in MNN. "On a normal day, your pets don't try to look at the sun, and therefore don't damage their eyes", said Angela Speck, director of astronomy and a professor of astrophysics at the University of Missouri. The solar eclipse of the moon is said to obscure maybe as much as 76 percent of the sun's rays. While it's unlikely that your dog or cat will have a remarkable reaction to the Great American Eclipse, pet lovers might enjoy observing how animals in the wild or even the neighborhood do unusual things.

Here's how: Are you packing for your big road trip toward the path of totality?

Here in Sacramento, however, the sun will be around 80 percent obscured at the maximum eclipse level, and peering at it will still be unsafe.

Towns along the "line of totality"-including Idaho Falls and Casper, Wyoming-are expecting close to half a million visitors".

Why is everyone so excited about it?

This particular eclipse is supposed to be "the most watched total solar eclipse" in history.

Leonard Bates was nine years old when he saw his first eclipse.

Solar Eclipse 2017: What You Need To Know
Solar Eclipse 2017: What You Need To Know

In addition to its rarity, its beauty and magnitude are unlike any other experience, Schneider said. But one sheriff has some tips in case you're anxious. "It's impossible to describe".

Will start a solar Eclipse on August 21 at 21:26 local time. And to give you an idea how smart scientists are, they call this the Diamond Ring Effect.

What do I need to see it?

"It blocks out nearly all of the light, especially the ultraviolets and the high-energy wavelengths that are damaging to the eye", he said. Most parts of the US will witness a partial solar eclipse. Our sister site Space.com has a complete guide for how to view an eclipse safely. Worse, this dimness may cause your pupils to dilate and actually let in more sunlight.

"It's a bunch of unscrupulous people cashing in on the eclipse and putting public safety at risk", said Richard Fienberg, press officer for the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Looking directly at the eclipse at any moment except the brief period when the moon has fully eclipsed the sun without certified glasses could damage your eyes.

We don't see a total solar eclipse with every new moon because there are other stipulations, too. So for an eclipse to occur, the moon must land on a specific point where the moon's orbit intersects the earth's orbit.

Retired physicist and Founders Hall member Vernon Beck will project onto a screen a view of the moon's passage between the earth and the sun. However, the sun happens to be 400 times farther away from Earth than the moon, making the sun and moon appear to be almost the same size from our perspective. A total lunar eclipse can make the moon appear red or orange because the only light reaching it is coming from the edges of the earth (sunrises and sunsets).

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