Total Eclipse Brings Rare Spectacle to Illinois Aug. 21

Total Eclipse Brings Rare Spectacle to Illinois Aug. 21

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon align in an nearly straight line. "Roughly 70 percent of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon".

To those who are wondering what a penumbral eclipse is, it is a part of the eclipse that occurs when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are in a straight line.

As excitement arises over the August 21 solar event, the market has been saturated with fake glasses that claim to be safe to view the eclipse.

Speaking of totality, Totality by Big Kid Science is kind of like your own personal solar eclipse assistant.

NASA says the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses".

Feeling impartial to this year's partial eclipse?

We are just weeks away from the great american solar eclipse. This is a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE that will stretch all the way from The West Coast to The East Coast.

When the sun is fully blocked out, the corona, which NASA says will appear as a "halo" around the sun, will be visible.

The darkest shadow of the moon is referred to as an umbra. However, if you want to see a total solar eclipse you will have to take a drive.

21, beginning at about 11:48 p.m. the moon will begin crossing the sun. Obviously, the closer you are to the path of totality, the more will be covered.

If you are planning on observing the eclipse, the most important thing to remember is to never look directly at the Sun unless you have proper protection for your eyes.

SC law enforcement had a press conference today about the solar eclipse. This alignment of the sun, moon, and earth will mark the first time a solar eclipse has occurred coast-to-coast in our country in almost 100 years.

The certification means the glasses and solar viewers have met an worldwide safety standard and are safe for your eyes. "I have been talking about this eclipse for 26 years so I have plans to go to totality-I'll either be in Kentucky or Tennessee".

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