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18 August 2017, 03:28 | Anita Wise
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21, viewers across the United States will witness the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years.
Libraries around the county are gearing up for a day of eclipse-related learning and fun on August 21. The last timea total solar eclipse swept the whole width of the USA was in 1918.
The orbit of the moon around the Earth is slightly tilted with respect to the orbit of the Earth around the sun. The moon passes between the Earth and sun every 29 days, a time we call the "new moon" - when the moon is not visible in Earth's nighttime sky.
The De Soto Public Library will have an eclipse viewing from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m.at the library, 712 S. Main St. De Soto is in the center path of totality and will have the longest period of darkness, at 2 minutes, 41 seconds.
"So it enters a little bit north and travels a little bit south, but it crosses the entire country", he says. "This is the preferred opportunity for our students, " the eclipse webpage says.
The Adler Planetarium was giving away free eclipse glasses Thursday afternoon in Grant Park, starting at 2 p.m.at the corner of Roosevelt and Indiana. I also read about glasses Amazon was selling that suddenly were taken off the market Saturday because they were deemed not safe. Previous studies observed animal behavior during an eclipse in 2001 and noted some animals went through their night routines as the sun disappeared while others became nervous. They will view the eclipse shortly before 1 p.m. "There is much to see: stars during the daytime, the million-degree solar corona, and seeing the sun blacked out during the daytime". For that reason, it is imperative to use eye protection when viewing the eclipse.
Time is running out before the 2017 solar eclipse, and so is the availability of the special safety viewing glasses. NBC also plans live coverage, with Lester Holt hosting special reports at 1 and 2 p.m. EDT featuring correspondents reporting from Oregon, Illinois, Wyoming and SC. "However, we have made the decision not to distribute the glasses, but to use alternative safer means to experience the 95% totality at our viewing party", said Marsha Jackson, executive director of marketing and communication. The retina of your eye is the part of the eye that captures the sharpness and the color of the image you are seeing.
St. Peter Catholic School in Covington, Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic School and Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic schools in Mandeville will close at 11 a.m., she said. We'll also be streaming it on our website. Schools will remain open on Monday, although absences will be excused if parents choose the keep their children home.
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