The Great American Eclipse!!

On August 21st, 2017, people across North America will have the chance to catch a peak at a solar eclipse. While a total eclipse typically happens somewhere on the planet about every 18 months, it is a rare occurrence for a total eclipse to span across a wide portion of a continent.  While the “path of totality” runs from Oregon to North Carolina, large swaths of the USA and Canada will also see partial eclipses.

 

What can I see in Montgomery, AL?

 

Montgomery, AL is in store for an about 90% partial eclipse! This means that at peak obstruction, the moon will block 90% of the sun.  At this time, daylight will become quite dim (10% the normal amount), and the air will become considerable cooler.  In addition to the obstructed sun, Venus and Jupiter will show brightly in the twilight sky.

 

When can I see the eclipse in Montgomery, AL?

           

Peak viewing depends on your particular location. For example, at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Library, we will see a peak of an 89.7% obstruction at 1:34 PM.  To see when your peak obstruction will occur, enter your zip code in this online tool: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map

 

Safety First!

 

As always, do not look at the sun without proper eye protection. Standard sunglasses are insufficient.  To safely look directly at the partial eclipse, NASA advises wearing solar viewers compliant with ISO 12312-2. Do not look at the partial eclipse through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Check out NASA’s solar eclipse safety page for more information: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

 

 

 

 

 

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