Become a citizen scientist for the solar eclipse

Geneva Matthews
July 22, 2017

"Once you see a total eclipse of the sun, immediately your next question will be, 'When is the next one, where is it?'" said Mark Littmann, professor of journalism and electronic media at the University of Tennessee.

The last total solar eclipse to pass through the contiguous United States was in 1918 and that won't happen again until 2045, when Stillwater will be 100 percent dark, according to NASA.

In eastern Iowa we will not catch the total solar eclipse, but a partial solar eclipse.

There are several local events leading up to the big day, two in Beaufort, which is the one of closest cities in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry to the Solar Eclipse, which will be directly over Moncks Corner, SC at 2:47pm. But where can you see the eclipse? The eclipse is the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S.in 99 years. The partial eclipse will then continue until about 3 p.m. It's why this celestial event has been dubbed "The Great American Eclipse".

Fisher will be experiencing the sights and sounds of the eclipse from the small town of Madras in central Oregon. Scientists want help in determining how much temperatures actually drop during an eclipse.

You'll have to get south of Bend, Ore., or southwest of Salem, Ore., to see the total solar eclipse. With the eclipse a month away today, its prudent to practice ahead of time.”. But don't just jump online and buy the first viewer you see - make sure they are ISO 12312-2 certified. This year the longest duration will be 2 minutes 40 seconds, but to experience that you will have to be near Carbondale, Illinois. The last coast-to-coast eclipse in US was in 1918.

There will be sunspotter telescopes that project the sun's image onto paper as well as a limited number of eclipse viewers that enable people to look directly at the sun without damaging their eyes, she said. Communities that lie among the drier, cooler Rocky Mountains are more likely to witness a noteworthy dip in temperatures compared to states like Tennessee or SC, which are typically locked in the humid doldrums of summer at the end of August.

Most astronomers have the same advice: Get to the path of totality, because you won't want to miss this. This is what most people will experience - the partial eclipse. Always supervise children using solar eclipse glasses. The almost four-hour program will include unprecedented images of the August 21 eclipse from numerous spacecraft - including the International Space Station – high-altitude aircraft and balloons, and ground observations.

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