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Solar Eclipse across the United States – August 21, 2017
As you know, on Monday, August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse which can be viewed across the mid-section of the United States. This solar eclipse is the first to cross the United States since 1918.
Below is a quick video about the upcoming event which shows the Total Solar Eclipse path across the U.S. and is from the Missouri State College of Natural & Applied Sciences.
Eclipses occur when the sun and the moon are the exact same angular size. Since the sun is 400 times wider than the moon and 400 times further away, this is an extremely rare occurrence.
Totality occurs when the sun’s disk is completely covered by the moon. The maximum point of the eclipse will take place near Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 2:20 pm eastern time, where the totality will last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
The path of totality is only about 70 miles wide, and the longest period of viewing time will be two minutes and 40 seconds. In Florida, we will be viewing a 0.85 (85%) solar eclipse, not a total or whole eclipse.
If you plan on viewing the eclipse, make sure that you have the proper safety equipment, such as certified eclipse glasses. For more safety tips, you can see what NASA has to say here.
This is a truly unique and exciting event. We are very excited for the eclipse and wanted to share a few safety tips for those of you who plan to view it.
Solar Eclipse in the Palm Beaches of Florida
- Global Event: Total Solar Eclipse
- West Palm Beach: Partial Solar Eclipse *0.85 Magnitude
- Begins: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm
- Maximum: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm
- Ends: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 4:19 pm
- Duration: 2 hours, 54 minutes
* The magnitude of a solar eclipse is always less than one and expressed as the fraction of the Sun’s diameter covered by the Moon.
Safely Watch the Solar Eclipse Outside
Never look directly at the sun! Protect your eyes viewing a solar eclipse. The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in the eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness. This can occur even if your eyes are exposed to direct sunlight for just a few seconds.
Sunglasses don’t work to protect your eyes!
The only way to safely view the Sun, eclipsed or not, is to either project or filter the Sun’s rays. This Solar Eclipse website has eye protection suggestions for you in their info about the solar eclipse.
Projection works well. You can make your own box projector or use a telescope or binoculars. However, don’t look through the telescope’s or binoculars’ eyepiece or side-mounted finder scope while projecting the Sun’s image onto a screen.
2. Eclipse Glasses
If you are not the DIY type, the American Astronomical Society has compiled a list of vendors where you can buy safe eclipse glasses.
3. Use protective gear
NASA recommends welder’s glasses rated 14 or higher. These can be found at your local welding supply store. Keep in mind that welder glass grading may be different in different countries.
4. Solar Filters
You can use special solar filters to watch the Sun during a solar eclipse, but use the proper type of solar filter that is designed for eclipses that do not crack under the Sun’s magnified and focused intensity. Solar filters must be treated with care, or they can quickly become damaged and unsafe to use.
Watch the Solar Eclipse Online
Watch the Solar Eclipse Live Stream on August 21, 2017 below:
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