7. The safety precautions to follow when viewing a solar eclipse is to wear special glasses to protect your eyes from the power of the sun. DO NOT stare at the sun!
1. A solar eclipse happens when the moons passes between the sun and the Earth and blocks most or all of the sunlight for up to 3 hours.
2. The next time the US will see a total eclipse will be in 2024. That is about 7 years from now.
3. There are between 2 and 5 solar eclipses every year, each one visible only in a limited area. Scientists say that only 25 years in the past 5000 years have had 5 eclipses in one year. The number of eclipses in a year are more likely closer to 2.
4. There are four different types of solar eclipse. The four types are Partial, Annular, Total Eclipse, and Hybrid Eclipse.
5. On Monday, August 21, the state of Indiana will only have a partial eclipse instead of a total eclipse.
6. It is dangerous to look at the sun during a solar eclipse because the sun outputs more power than our eye is designed to handle. The sun can come out from behind the moon and damage your retina.
8. The song "Walking on Sunshine" relates to the solar eclipse because it talks about the sun.
9. There is no separation between eclipses. They are never isolated events. There is a family. Each one connected to another at a far deeper level. This is exactly the same as me. I have a family. I seek belonging and connection. I am connected to my ancestors.
10A. - Just like humans, animals are known to take interest in the phenomenon of the solar eclipse—and some species act very strangely. There is a phenomenon that happens called 'masking effect' which can overrule the normal behavior temporarily.
10B. - The longest a solar eclipse can last is about 7.5 minutes. Almost identical eclipses occur after 18 years and 11 days. This period of 223 synodic months is called a saros.
10C. - During a solar eclipse, from either North or South Pole, a partial eclipse can only be seen. The place to see a solar eclipse is Missouri or Georgia.
10D. - To prevent eye damage while viewing a solar eclipse, you'll need specialized gear. NASA recommends glasses that meet ISO 12312-2 standards. This is the international standard for solar eclipse glasses.
10E. - The upcoming eclipse is expected to wipe out enough solar capacity to power several million homes. When the sun is totally or partially covered any one city will loose some power due to the loss of solar energy.
10F. - While everyone's attention is on the the eclipse, we need to look all around and see there is a 360 degree sunset. It only lasts while the face of the sun is covered.