Look in the sky! Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s a solar eclipse! Get ready because on August 21, 2017, the U.S.A. will be in the viewing area to see a total solar eclipse for the first time in almost 40 years.
Even though viewing the total eclipse is possible only in a narrow path from Salem, OR to Charleston, SC, most all of the country will be able to view the partial eclipse.
A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes directly between the earth and the sun. Historically this event has been perceived by the ancient Chinese as the sun being eaten by dragons, as mystical or magical, and often was seen as the predictor of a major upheaval of governments or change in leadership. In the last 100 years scientists have taken advantage of solar eclipses to study the sun in a way that can’t be done when viewing directly. Because it is dangerous to look directly at the sun, pinhole projectors, eclipse glasses, and other devices have been designed so that people can actually observe what’s happening.
The J. Ardis Bell library at TCC NE Campus will be participating for the month of August by having a display of items, such as pinhole projectors, eclipse glasses, and books to check out. We will have a digital presentation looping on our digital screens. Also, there will be free handouts, bookmarks, and some giveaways, including eclipse glasses while they last. On August 21 from 10:00-3pm we will have live streaming of the total eclipse from NASA TV in the library classroom — NLIB 2102. Come for some refreshments and a chance to watch some of the event. The next chance we get in the U.S.A. is April 8, 2024 when Texas will be part of the total eclipse viewing area. Below are some links to more information.
NASA eclipse page
NASA TV Link
“Watching the Friendly Skies – Eclipse Safety Tutorial” from NASA Goddard, 2017.
Blog article from Astronomy magazine, August 2014.
“15 Movies That Feature Eclipses”
ebooks from TCC Library
Bakich, Michael E. Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Springer, 2016. Link
Faknoi, Andrew. Astronomy. OpenStax, 2016. Link
Levy, David H. David Levy’s guide to eclipses, transits, and occultations. Cambridge, 2010. Link
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