Solar eclipse bus trip a go

Solar Eclipse

Learn about the upcoming total solar eclipse, dubbed "The Great American Eclipse", at a free presentation at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.

Enough people already have signed up that the bus trip will take place August 21 from Fort Wayne to Giant City State Park near Carbondale, Ill., to view the rare solar eclipse that afternoon. This will be the first coast to coast total eclipse of the sun in the U.S.in 99 years. "But if you get outside, there are things you will notice". Experts suggests that one widely available filter for safe solar viewing is number 14 welder's glass. While the eclipse won't be total here in the panhandle. Regardless of the materials the frames are made of, the Mylar filters are the the important part, and observe all safety precautions while viewing the eclipse (see below). "Look anywhere there's a pinhole image, where the sun shines through a little crevice or something like that". "Total solar eclipses are rare and awe-inspiring events". They're teaming up with the UAA Planetarium and local astronomers to provide solar telescopes and a solar projector to safely view the eclipse. Also, just as the Sun's radiation can damage unprotected eyes, it can also damage unprotected equipment. Jupiter's up and you can see four moons.

"We are really looking forward to seeing anybody and everybody", Kitchens said. Bladen County last saw a total eclipse in 1970.

Harold Henderson is the director of the Lake Afton Public Observatory.


Mercury's peculiar orbit was eventually explained by Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, which provided a new explanation of gravity as a distortion of space-time.

NASA will send up cards, or coupons, with dried bacteria on them to see how the bacteria reacts during eclipse conditions.

Scientists hope to untangle some of the mystery around why the outer layers of the sun's atmosphere are actually hotter than the layers closer to the sun. While that band does not immediately pass over Alabama, observers outside of the path will be able to see a partial solar eclipse, according to NASA's webpage on the eclipse.

"You'll be searching for a new camera, you know, you have to have some protection from the lens, so the idea of just pointing a camera at the sun for that length of time and the intensity of the sun is going to hurt the sensor".

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