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American Eclipse August 21st #918130 02/12/17 06:19 AM
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The solar eclipse of August 21st will come in from the Pacific in Oregon, cross the United States and exit at South Caroline to the Atlantic. This map shows the eclipse path and is color-coded to show the likely cloud cover.

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Given the large fraction of Americans carrying camera-equipped smartphones, this American Eclipse may turn out to be the most photographed event in the history of the world.


Image Credit: Jay Anderson; Data: MODIS Satellite, NASA's GSFC

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Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #918151 02/13/17 06:05 AM
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Solar eclipses are fascinating and can make fabulous pictures against an interesting background. This is a wonderful composite of the total eclipse of March 2015 in the Faroe Islands. It was entered in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Credit: Rebecca and Remy Hoehener


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Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #918845 03/15/17 02:48 PM
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Where is the best location to see the eclipse? EarthSky pick of 10 places along the path of totality. There's also some general advice and suggestions about preparing for the day.


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Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #919937 04/28/17 08:25 AM
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In June the US Postal Service is releasing a stamp that changes when you touch it. The Solar Eclipse Forever stamp commemorating the August 21 eclipse, transforms into an image of the Moon from the heat of a finger.

You can read the whole story of the eclipse stamp here.


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Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #920470 05/19/17 07:23 PM
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If you're interested in the 2017 total solar eclipse, take advantage of this offer now – or at least on or before Tuesday May 23. Brian Ventrudo and Manish Panjwani have produced an e-book guide called "How to See the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: A Practical Guide for the First-Time Eclipse Watcher". It will sell on Amazon for $3.99, but you can download it free for the next few days.

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This concise guide helps casual skywatchers and even 'non-astronomers' understand when and where to see the eclipse, how to choose and use inexpensive solar eclipse glasses, solar filters, maps, and other basic tools, and it offers a few tips on how to snap a photograph of this memorable event.

You can download it onto a Kindle device – or a computer, tablet or smartphone with the Kindle Reader app. 

Here's the link to the 2017 eclipse guide on Amazon.

NOTE: I'm passing on to Bellaonline readers what I think is a good deal. I don't benefit from the sales of this book.


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Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #920611 05/24/17 04:57 AM
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From Universe Today:

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On Monday, August 21, 2017, there’s going to be a total eclipse of the Sun, visible to path that goes right through the middle of the United States. You should be making plans to see this, and we’re here to help you know where to go and what to do.


Astronomy cast "Prepping for the Eclipse"


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Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #920719 05/28/17 05:32 AM
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) caught a solar eclipse on Thursday (May 25). It wasn't a total eclipse like the one some fortunate North Americans will see on August 21, but a partial eclipse which is what most people will see on the day. We see a solar eclipse when the Moon passes between us and the Sun and that's what the SDO observed. Here is a GIF that's reduced the 50-minute lunar transit of the Sun to a few seconds. It covered almost 90% of the Sun at its maximum.

Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO/Joy Ng, producer

SDO isn't positioned to see the total eclipse in August, but it will see a partial eclipse just after the total eclipse exits the USA.


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Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #921266 06/20/17 09:41 PM
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If you're wondering, What's It Like to See a Total Solar Eclipse? Mr Eclipse himself - Fred Espenak - tells you in this article. I like the drawing of the partial eclipse on the ground leaves.
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The gaps between the leaves on a tree act like a series pinhole cameras that each project an image of the eclipse sun on the ground below. Image from Mabel Loomis Todd’s Total Eclipses of the Sun, 1894, via Fred Espenak.


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Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #921413 06/27/17 01:05 AM
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If you hope to see the total eclipse and it won't be visible from your backyard, you need a plan. There will be a lot of other people doing the same thing. How much traffic on eclipse day? has some alarming statistics. But it also gives you useful suggestions for making your plan.


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Re: American Eclipse August 21st [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #921417 06/27/17 08:15 AM
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Is anyone calling this the 'end of the world' because of the eclipse?

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