1.) An eclipse is when Earth or the moon passes through a shadow of another heavy body. There are two types of eclipses on Earth, an eclipse of the moon and an eclipse of the sun.
2.) After this eclipse, the next total eclipse in the US will occur on April 8, 2024. This one will be visible from Texas to Maine.
3.) Total solar eclipses are a rare phenomenon. There can be years sometimes decades between each event.
4.) The two main categories of eclipses are solar eclipses and lunar eclipses, each has several subcategories. Total solar, partial solar, annular, hybrid, total lunar, partial lunar, and penumbral lunar.
5.) The total phase of this solar eclipse is not visible in Indianapolis, but it can be observed there as a partial solar eclipse.
6.) No matter what your plans are for the total solar eclipse, do not look directly at the sun without your ISO-standard eclipse glasses on -- unless it is completely blocked by the moon. Any glimpse of the sun's brightness is not only uncomfortable, it's dangerous.
7.) The only safe way to look directly at the eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses”. Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
8.) I chose "Here Comes The Sun" by The Beetles. I chose this song because it says "here comes the sun" and that's like the sun coming out from behind the moon.
9.) First responders are bracing for more than just darkness during the solar eclipse on August 21. There are questions about how well wireless services will work as hundreds of thousands are expected to descend on St. Joseph, Kansas City and surrounding areas. No, the sun being blocked by the moon won’t crash connections, but numerous people in the same general area calling and posting at the same time certainly could.
10a.) Just like humans, animals are known to take interest in the phenomenon of the solar eclipse—and some species act very strangely. During previous eclipses, observers have seen "songbirds go quiet, large farm animals lie down, crickets start to chirp and chickens begin to roost," the Los Angeles Times reported last week.
10b.) Long before totality (when the moon is only covering part of the sun’s face), go to a nearby tree and look in the shade of the tree’s shadow. You will see hundreds of crescent images of the partially covered sun all over the ground! In fact, this is a safe way to view all the partial phases of the eclipse without harming your eyes.