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Solar Eclipse in North America

Discussion in 'General Science Discussions' started by LPH, May 16, 2012.

  1. LPH

    LPH Flight Director Flight Instructor

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    Not to be solely interested in discussing North America - but - "the first central eclipse of the 21st century in the continental USA, and also the first annular eclipse since the solar eclipse of May 10, 1994."

    A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets directly between Earth and the sun. Sunday’s event will be an partial solar eclipse across most of the United States and Canada, and a more compelling annular solar eclipse for a narrow swath of residents in the West and Southwest. The sun sets before any of it will be visible from the East Coast, however. - Live Science

    Yes! It's been 18 years. Prepare and enjoy the Sunday afternoon / evening.

    How to View the Eclipse
    Make sure you do not look directly into the sun. If you'd like a project with your kids then build a viewer.

    You may also use some cardboard to build a quick and easy viewer.: "You can also get a piece of cardboard, punch a nail through it, and then angle the cardboard to project the sun's light on another piece of cardboard."

    An LA Times article provides other ways to view the eclipse.

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