OMSI to host viewing party for total solar eclipse

Once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse comes Aug 21st

On August 21, the total solar eclipse 2017 will have the moon pass between the sun and earth.

The "greatest duration" of the eclipse - west of Chile in the South Pacific Ocean - occurs at 8:16 a.m. ET, which lasts about 1 minute and 22 seconds, when the eclipse ribbon is 59 miles wide.

Although we won't see a total solar eclipse here in Florida - a very impressive partial solar eclipse is expected with more than 80% of the sun obscured by the moon.

A so-called annular solar eclipse occurs when the Earth, Moon and Sun line up.

This eclipse will be the most watch eclipse ever and next total solar eclipse across the continental United States is not until October 4, 2023.

The event will truly be a sight to behold.

Once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse comes Aug 21st
OMSI to host viewing party for total solar eclipse

Jim Todd, Director of Space Education at OMSI, started working past year with state officials to develop a plan for the special day. The seafarers around Atlantic would also be able to see the front view of the eclipse. There are actually four different eclipses that can grace our skies at various points throughout the year: Total, partial, annular, and hybrid. A total eclipse is portended by a dramatic darkening of the sky, and then the Sun's outer atmosphere, a superheated "crown" of plasma known as a corona, becomes clearly visible. The moon will pass directly between the Earth and the sun, completely blocking out the sun's light.

The gaps between tree leaves make for a similar effect on the ground, says the ASSA website, calling this "the coolest and safest way to watch a solar eclipse".

For those at the northeast or southwest, they can travel to Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Kentucky, Illinois, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and SC. The Southern Illinois University Carbondale has announced a weekend of events that will conclude with a public viewing at Saluki Stadium.

From Oregon to SC the stretch of land 70 miles wide will have this rare celestial show making the skies turn dark. The eclipse will travel starting from OR with the last spot in SC.

It will take about two hours for the Moon to move across the face of the Sun, but the "ring of fire" peak will last a mere minute.

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