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2017-08-17

Stellar options to view eclipse

By Bev Barr BCC Editor

All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun on Monday, Aug. 21. At least one group of locals has ventured to other parts of the country to see the total eclipse of the sun from a more ideal vantage point. (See Medina Matters, pg. xx) But for those of us who are staying put, there are good, safe choices to view the partial solar eclipse. If you plan on viewing the eclipse, one of the most important things to remember – if not the most important thing to remember -- is to protect your eyes.
“Even during an eclipse, people should not try to observe the sun without precautions,” said Dr. Kim Arvidsson, assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy at Schreiner University. “Regular sunglasses definitely do not provide sufficient protection.”
Schriener University will host an eclipse-viewing event (weather permitting) on campus starting at 11 am. The Trull School of Sciences and Mathematics will provide solar eclipse glasses, solar telescopes and the one-of-a kind interaction with knowledgeable faculty found at universities.
The location will be at the center of the campus near the Quad. The eclipse starts at 11:38 am and will reach its peak at 1:06. At the peak of the eclipse, the moon will cover two-thirds of the sun. The eclipse will be over at 2:35 pm. For more information on the solar eclipse-viewing event at Schreiner University contact Arvidsson at kdardvidsson@schreiner.edu or 830-792-7249.
Another safe viewing option is to live stream a program directly from NASA from the comfort of one’s own home (or library). The live NASA program will include images of the eclipse taken from a wide variety of vantage points — the kind of perspective only NASA can provide.
Viewers will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
Live video streams of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse from NASA Television and locations across the country will be available at www.nasa.gov.
11 am, Eclipse Preview Show, hosted from Charleston, South Carolina.
Noon, Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA.
This show will cover the path of totality the eclipse will take across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The program will feature views from NASA research aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and specially modified telescopes. It also will include live reports from Charleston, as well as from Salem, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Beatrice, Nebraska; Jefferson City, Missouri; Carbondale, Illinois; Hopkinsville, Kentucky; and Clarksville, Tennessee.