NASA asks for public's help with nationwide eclipse experiment

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The presentation will focus on the science of the upcoming solar eclipse.

In Sabetha, teachers in all schools have participated in summer training and will plan age appropriate activities leading up to, during and after the Eclipse. There are two main parts to the shadow of an eclipse - the umbra and the penumbra.

NASA is asking eclipse viewers around the country to participate in a nationwide citizen science experiment, calling them to help collect data on how cool the Earth gets during a total solar eclipse.

The total solar eclipse will move across the entire United States on Monday, Aug. 21.

What is a solar eclipse?

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"This one is a big deal because we actually can see it in our area and it's a total eclipse".

There, the 15 students will camp out with telescopes and cameras along with perhaps hundreds of other people viewing the eclipse. You're probably already packing extra batteries.

It's risky to look at the sun with unprotected eyes.


CNN to Mr. Eclipse: Is it really worth trying to take a picture of the eclipse with a smartphone? Never, never, never. That's how you go blind. Anything with a bunch of little holes will project crescent images on the ground.

This gives astronomers unique opportunities for research.

The use of homemade filters is also discouraged by NASA, as even exceptionally dark ones provide no protection while looking at the sun.

NASA has a cheat sheet on taking images of the eclipse with your smartphone. That's the sign that you need to avert your eyes.

- Take the filter off during totality.

"At these magnifications, a tripod is essential because of camera jitter".

Buying the glasses is only half the battle - you need to be sure you're buying the right kind. You can see the eclipse anywhere with an unobstructed view of the sun.

Mr. Eclipse: It is so incredibly dramatic, so life-changing in many instances. According to an article I read online on the Columbia State newspaper's website, Columbia is expected to have the longest total eclipse for a metro area on the East Coast. You can also input your zip code into this nifty interactive tool from Vox to get the precise time of 100 percent obscuration. Partial eclipses in October 2014 and December 2001 were interrupted by sunset. Six years later, in 1970, I had just turned 18 and I had just gotten a driver's license. "These photos can be very exciting because the field-of-view is large enough that you can compose the shot with your friends and local scenery in the shot, at the same time a recognizable, eclipsed sun during totality hangs dramatically in the darkened sky".

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