Five Things Friday: The Solar Eclipse

The excitement is mounting as the Great American Solar Eclipse draws near. It’s an event that you don’t want to miss! I’ve been planning and anticipating the solar eclipse for the last year. Everyone in the continental USA will be able to see at least a partial eclipse and many people are traveling to the path of totality, myself included.

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I have two requests:
-Go outside and see this amazing occurrence, it could be the only time in your life that you’ll get the chance.
-Wear eye protection! Never stare directly at the sun. Obtain a pair of solar lenses for viewing the solar eclipse.

Five Facts About the Solar Eclipse

1. 12 States Are In the Path of Totality

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2. NEVER look directly at the Sun!
ALWAYS wear Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses

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Do you want to go blind? Of course not! Only when the moon has completely covered the sun is it safe to view the eclipse. If you can’t get the glasses, here’s another way to watch: How to make a pin hole viewer.

3. Total Complete Coverage is 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

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2 minutes and 40 seconds of the moon completely covering the sun. The is the longest time frame you’ll have if you live in the southeastern states. In the west you only have 2 minutes. The whole eclipse, from the time the moon starts covering the sun to when it ends, will be around 2 hours long.

4. An Unforgettable Experience

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Two to five solar eclipses occur each year on average, but total solar eclipses happen just once every 18 months or so. – space.com

 

5. The Next American Eclipse is in 2024

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Where will you be in 6 years? That’s a fun question. I definitely want to see the next eclipse in 2024. That’s probably the last chance I’ll get. The next American solar eclipses are in 2044, 2045 and 2078.

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Time for me to start packing my bags. It’s at least an 8 hour drive from where I live in Michigan to where we’re heading for the Solar Eclipse. Here we come St. Louis!

Enjoy the Great American Solar Eclipse and stay safe!

-Kristina Wise

 

 

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