May 27, 2018

Here's how solar power will handle the eclipse

10 August 2017, 12:20 | Camille Rivera

A partial lunar eclipse as it appears in Texas in 2007

A partial lunar eclipse as it appears in Texas in 2007

"If you're not looking for it, you'll probably miss it".

"If you can see lights of more ordinary brightness through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer, and you're not sure the product came from a reputable vendor, it's no good", AAS said in a statement.

Millions of people from coast to coast are expected to travel to see the August 21 solar eclipse. "It's absolutely unlike any other experience you've ever had", says Fred Espenak, a retired NASA astrophysicist and the preeminent authority on eclipses and eclipse prediction. has all the information needed for any eclipse travelers, as it offers US highway routes to cities in the totality zone and estimated driving times. Just keep in mind to be safe and protect your eyes.

Expect four hours of pageantry, from the time the sun begins to be eclipsed by the moon near Lincoln City, Oregon, until the time the moon's shadow vanishes near Charleston, South Carolina. If your glasses have any damage at all, throw them out. You want to make sure your glasses have an i.s.o certification. The lenses of these paper or plastic framed glasses will be so obscuring that unless you are looking at something as bright as the sun, you won't see anything at all. The next total eclipse visible from the USA will take place in 2024. Get the exact time and totality for your area here. But once totality ends, the glasses must go back on to prevent damage to your retina.

Specially made solar glasses or a number 14 or darker welder's glass are among the safest methods for direct viewing.

Still, Harris says one of the best ways of viewing the sun is indirectly.

Dr. Paul Herrell, ophthalmologist of Ophthalmology Associates of Western Kentucky, handed out eclipse glasses to his customers before he ran out, and now he is also giving away brochures from NASA that explain safe viewing tips. And for that, he says the tried-and-true pin hole projector method is safest.

Finally, experts urge you to take eye safety seriously! If you're just waking up now to the prospect of being a FOMO poster child, don't panic.

"To ensure electricity demand is met during those hours, CAISO plans to replace solar generation with electricity from natural gas and hydropower plants, the latter of which are generating at higher levels than previous years", EIA wrote in its August 7 Today in Energy note.

Of course, the wild card in all of this will be the weather. "We also lost a special sponsor due to money being tight, increases in advertising costs, needing to rent police because we are Irish and want Guiness, increased liability insurance, outhouses and trash removal are expensive.the same issues with any event". The 18-seat cafe - which had its grand opening last August 21 - is named for this eclipse and the one coming up in 2024. The chances drop east of the MS, where clouds are more likely to interfere.

In a letter announcing the selection, C. Alex Young, principal investigator of the agency's Total Solar Eclipse 2017 efforts, thanked the university for "collaborating with NASA to engage your audience in activities and observation".

And in OR, which is expecting up to a million visitors and is experiencing a severe drought, transportation officials are concerned that the eclipse is occurring in the middle of wildfire season.

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