UW-EC professor excited about total eclipse in August

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar

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.

Or in a 21st century twist to viewing the total solar eclipse, UNL faculty and students can call up live video of the celestial event taken from the 16-inch Cassegrain Reflector telescope mounted atop the Stadium Drive parking garage.

The solar eclipse will affect the entire continental United States. It will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S.in 38 years and the first total solar eclipse visible across the entire contiguous USA since 1918.

To catch a the best glimpse, drive to western North Carolina to places such as Andrews, Cullowhee, or Murphy.

"We'll have cameras positioned throughout, and we'll have our host, Mike Massimino, in SC, which will be the last place that you will see the eclipse", Etkind said.

When the moon completely blocks the sun's bright face for 2 or 3 minutes during the total eclipse, the otherwise hidden solar corona - the sun's outer atmosphere - will become visible.

Solar Eclipse for Kids classes, which will be held at various library branches in early August, including a class at Shadle Library on Aug. 4, will teach children about eclipses and how to view them safely.

Start of eclipse: 9:10 p.m. The next time we'll see one is 2024.

A partial solar eclipse will be visible over a surrounding region thousand of kilometers wide, while totality will occur in a narrow path across Earth's surface.

"The sun will look like a thin crescent moon", Lattis said.

It's never safe to look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse.

Solar viewing glasses will be on sale at the two talks, which are free and open to all ages.

During the upcoming total solar eclipse, a team of NASA-funded scientists will observe the sun using telescopes aboard two of NASA's WB-57F research aircraft.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon is directly between the Earth and the sun.

If obtaining eclipse glasses is not an option, a simple pin-hole camera can be constructed, to project an image of the eclipse onto the ground or a wall.

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