As we gear up for the big sunny (or briefly sunless) show on Monday, August 21 here is some information about the solar eclipse of 2017.
A solar eclipse is when the earth, moon and sun line up just right so the moon blocks the sun casting a shadow on the earth. The day will go completely dark for a couple minutes in the path of totality. “This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk,” NASA says.
Will the weather be good to see it? The important information for eclipse day is cloud cover. This computer forecast model for clouds shows that the Central Plains and Midwest into the Great Lakes might have some obstructions as a storm system will be developing. You can always get the latest weather information from Neoweather. We have been telling you all about the solar eclipse for a month now.
Remember if you are planning on watching the eclipse you will need properly approved solar viewing glasses. If you do not have any as of now then it is likely too late to purchase or receive them because many stores and libraries are sold out. You can have some fun making your own indirect device- a solar eclipse viewer. The how-to video is below
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