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#921420 - 06/27/17 02:59 AM Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Angie]
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Yes, Angie, there's always someone. In this case, a group of fundamentalist Christians think this solar eclipse is the one that portends the end, the previous ones having not quite managed. They're apparently looking forward to it.
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#921531 - 07/03/17 05:40 AM Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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If you're hoping to see the eclipse, you need to protect your eyes. Did you know that even if only a tiny sliver of the Sun's disk is visible, you can do lasting damage to your eyes, though you probably won't be blinded.
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Even the tiniest sliver of a crescent sun peeking out from behind the moon emits enough light to scorch your eyes, Ralph Chou, professor emeritus at the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada, told Space.com. "I have seen instances where the patient has eventually shown up with crescents burned into the back of the eye, and you can almost tell exactly when they looked."

Deborah Byrd of SeaSky warns Our supplier has told us this is the last batch we can get. Order your eclipse glasses now!
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#921839 - 07/17/17 05:11 AM Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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Social media is great at spreading misconceptions. Dr. Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia explains about Four Emerging Misconceptions On Social Media About The Upcoming Great American Eclipse. Lots of useful information.
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#922000 - 07/25/17 06:31 AM Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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This article on the solar eclipse includes a super feature. You can put in your zip code and it will show what you will see during the eclipse - assuming weather is ok, of course.

And remember! if you're watching the partial eclipse, use proper eclipse glasses or something to project the eclipse. Don't look at the Sun without eye protection. You'd be surprised how much harmful radiation there is even if a small part of the Sun is not eclipsed.
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#922077 - 07/29/17 07:33 AM Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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Jamie Carter writing for Sky & Telescope says
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Think the total solar eclipse is "sold out"? Think again — and grab your camping gear. Private campsites and RV parks within the long path of totality are still available.

If you believe everything you read, you might think the August 21st total solar eclipse is already sold out. But of course it's not. Are you going to find a cheap motel within the path of totality? No. But anyone who says there's no space––or that gridlock is inevitable––is wrong.

Click for his article Still Making Eclipse Travel Plans? Camping Might be the Answer.
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#922113 - 07/30/17 05:37 PM Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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If you don't have your eclipse glasses yet, you're leaving it a bit late. I've just read a report about unscrupulous people providing substandard glasses: Solar-eclipse fever means counterfeit glasses are flooding Amazon’s market

The good news is that - so far - even those glasses that don't have approval aren't necessarily dangerous. The bad news is that the longer you put off getting them, the more likely you are to get something that isn't protective. So take care.

I'll say it again. Even a Sun that is mostly eclipsed emits enough radiation to damage your eyes.
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#922256 - 08/05/17 12:53 PM Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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Eclipse glasses - get them NOW!

EarthSky says:
Yes, we have eclipse glasses.
Allow one week for shipping in the U.S. Sorry, we can no longer guarantee delivery of international orders. Order today! EarthSky is on the approved list of reputable vendors of eclipse glasses, from the American Astronomical Society.
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#922323 - 08/08/17 08:07 AM Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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For the extra-keen, this shows all the eclipses that will be seen in North America in the 21st century. But you'll have to be quite young now and live to be quite old to see some of them!
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#922343 - 08/09/17 09:50 AM Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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The first successful photograph of a solar eclipse, showing the Sun's corona, was made on July 28, 1851. It was a daguerrotype made by J. Berkowski at the Royal Observatory in Königsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia).
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#922354 - 08/09/17 11:08 PM Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy]
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Even people on the path of totality, or who might get a nice partial eclipse, won't be immune to rain and cloudy skies. And then there's the rest of the world that aren't even close! Space.Com has put together a page with a selection of live webcasts. Worth a bookmark.
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