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Difference between a solar and a lunar eclipse
12 August 2017, 01:33 | Justin Tyler
Iowans are being warned to use only certified glasses for watching the solar eclipse later this month
"It's quite another to sell eclipse glasses or other types of solar viewers that are not known to be truly safe", Rick Fienberg, a spokesman for the American Astronomical Society (AAS), tells FOX Business. When a total solar Eclipse is the Sun you can see the so-called crown.
Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun so that it blocks part or all of the sunlight as viewed from a particular location on our planet. In previous years, unusual occurrences in animals have also been observed such as in the 1500s, when birds were described by an astronomer to have fallen out of the trees and stopped singing during an eclipse.
While no data exists for how many made-for-eclipse eyeglasses are in circulation overall, shady distributors of purportedly solar-safe shades abound on the Internet, Fienberg said. Georgia is one of the states in the eclipse's path. There's actually a statewide campaign encouraging people and businesses to turn off lights, appliances, and gadgets during the eclipse so less non-renewable power from natural gas has to be used.
I have seen a couple of partial solar eclipses, but I have not experienced the totality. "The path of this eclipse makes it a once-in-a-lifetime event in that it transects the country nearly down the middle - meaning it is a one-day drive for a vast majority of the nation". However, it's not really a necessity, as even on normal days, animals don't particularly have a habit of looking at the sun, so there's no specific worry as to whether they will on the specific day of the eclipse. It will span coast to coast, from OR to SC.
From our area, the moon will first start to cover the sun at 1 p.m.
"Quite often you can see the outlines of the (moon's) crater rims that light up around the edge of the moon as it's silhouetted against the brightness of the sun, which is what creates the "diamond ring" effect in totality", he added. This is a rare Earth event.
As eclipse glasses sell out at retailers across the USA, customers are panicking as they realize that their glasses may not arrive in time for the once-in-a-lifetime event. Unfiltered cameras, telescopes, binoculars or other optical devices concentrate the solar rays and are a definite no-go in regard to eye safety.
Tickets, which include the cost of eclipse-viewing glasses, are $12 for adults, $10 for children age 12 and under and $7 for planetarium members.
Millions of Americans are getting ready to view the next eclipse on August 21, but Dr. Russell Van Gelder from the University of Washington School of Medicine warns blindness is a risk if you dont have proper eye protection. In the great expanse of space, the moon's shadow will sometimes reach us - be sure to take the time to greet it.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth's shadow is cast onto the moon.
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