As we get nearer the solar eclipse of 2017 next week, here is some information that will help you enjoy it safely…
The path of the solar eclipse will begin in the Pacific Northwest. It will end its US journey along the Carolina Atlantic coast. While the entire lower 48 of the United States will see some the eclipse, areas such as Hawaii and Alaska will not feel affects of the Solar Eclipse, if any. These locations will be on the very outer fringes (north and south) of the Solar Eclipse of 2017.
The total amount of time for the eclipse should generally be around two hours. Temperatures can drop several degrees due to the moon covering the sun during the eclipse. The solar radiation is reduced getting to the earth’s surface. What you will notice during the first stages of the eclipse is that it will get darker, even though it will be in the morning or afternoon. When the eclipse is at its peak, there will hardly be any sunlight if you are in the path of totality. After the peak of the eclipse, the sunlight will begin to come back. Temperatures will drop during the first stages of the Eclipse. They will begin to rise after the peak of the Solar Eclipse.
To safely view this particular eclipse, here is a graphic of how and where you can obtain glasses that will be safe to wear. Wearing the improper glasses can seriously injure you. The area most at risk would be your eyes. Serious damage could be done to your eyes if you do not have the proper glasses to wear.
Courtesy of NASA, here is the list of the beginning and end of the solar eclipse for various US cities.It will begin in the morning out on the west coast, then make its way across the central portion of the United States through the midday. Getting into the early and later afternoon, the peak of this year’s solar eclipse will shift towards the Southeast US, then the Atlantic coast before making its way into the Atlantic Ocean late Monday afternoon next week. Here is some more information on what the eclipse will look like in your backyard.
Here is a simulator of what most likely the eclipse will look like for the Columbus and Central Ohio area come the 21st of August. For Ohio, the meat of the 2017 Solar Eclipse will occur over the Interstate 70 corridor, and 20 to 30 miles on either side of the interstate. All of Ohio will experience some effects of the Solar Eclipse next week.
Want to plug in your location and check out what the views you can expect to see? Here’s the eclipse simulator.
Make sure to enjoy this eclipse. They do not come very often.
Jim Martin – Forecaster