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18 August 2017, 03:26 | Anita Wise
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As excitement continues to build for the total solar eclipse that will take place on August 21, several local parochial schools are making plans to take advantage of the educational opportunity it presents.
"We haven't had one like this that goes all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic, in 1918", says Ernie Wright, of the NASA Goddard Space Center.
Schools, including those in the New Orleans area, are approaching Monday's eclipse with a sense of caution, seeking permission slips from parents, planning for activities to stay indoors, and in some cases closing early. It also requires a really special geometry - things have to be aligned just right - as well as the moon being in the right phase in order for us to even have a solar eclipse.
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Richland County officials say they want people to feel confident about the safety of the glasses they wear for eclipse viewing and say if you have concerns find another option. With those data about the moon - and similar information about the Earth's orbit around the sun - we can make mathematical models of their movements in relation to each other.
According to the Illinois Attorney General's office, fake eclipse glasses have flooded the market, and using them could result in eye damage. The two other types of eclipses are annular and partial. But such an event would erase one of the most breathtaking elements in a solar eclipse - the appearance of the sun's corona. "We will observe changes to animal life we see, record temperature changes, and make observations on shadows", Kretzer added. Before viewing the eclipse, teachers will screen a safety video for students. "Dark sunglasses or welder's glasses are not strong enough protection".
The eclipse will start in Bethlehem around 1:20 p.m., it will reach maximum darkness around 2:43 p.m., and will end at 4 p.m.
The eclipse can be viewed safely, with some precautions.
The West Ferris Ringette Association is selling eclipse glasses at the Pete Palangio Arena tonight 5 to 6 p.m.as a fundraiser for the organization ahead of the solar event taking place Monday afternoon. We'll also be streaming it on our website.
Booton: The Sheep Hill Observatory in Boonton will be open for visitors to observe the eclipse.
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I also read about glasses Amazon was selling that suddenly were taken off the market Saturday because they were deemed not safe. The skies darken, temperatures drop, and at that point we will be able to see the sun's corona , which is its hazy aura.
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As the expected solar eclipse approaches this month, authorities have warned people of buying bogus sunglasses in the market. Don't attempt to view the eclipse through any other means, whether it's a camera, telescope, binoculars or other device.