Darkness is coming on the first day back to classes, and rather than referring to the dreaded piles of homework and deadlines we will soon have to meet, I am referring to the total solar eclipse we will be witnessing! What better way to kick off the start of the new academic year than witnessing a once in a lifetime celestial experience?
Be sure to stop in the library to pick up a pair of free eclipse sunglasses for safe viewing!
TRULY OUT OF THIS WORLD
On August 21st, we will have the opportunity to see almost a total solar eclipse, the event in which the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, preventing much of the sunlight from reaching Earth. When I say, “this is a once in a lifetime experience,” I truly mean, this is the only time in your life you will be able to witness an almost total solar eclipse.
In fact, the last time the United States experienced a total solar eclipse was in 1979. What’s even more out of this world, this solar eclipse will be visible from the west coast to the east coast of North America. The last time this happened was 99 years ago, on June 8th, 1918!
WHEN AND HOW TO VIEW THE ECLIPSE
We all know that staring at the sun on a normal day is damaging for our eyes. Unfortunately, during a solar eclipse, your sunglasses aren’t going to give your eyes the proper protection needed for viewing a solar eclipse. Luckily, the library will be handing out special glasses to students, for free, in order to safely view and experience this once in a lifetime solar eclipse. The Solar Eclipse is expected to start at 11:37am on August 21st, with close to total coverage at 1:02 pm and finally, the moon will pass through completely at 2:27 pm.
MOST STELLAR SOLAR ECLIPSE
This solar eclipse will be the most-viewed eclipse in earth’s history. Not only because almost everybody in North America will be able to view some part of the eclipse, but also because the eclipse is expected to go through or very near several major United State cities. Factor in the attention this event with receive from all media sources, local and nationally, as well as social media, people all over the world are going to be able to witness the event.
Check out this stellar animated projection of the upcoming solar eclipse: