1. A solar eclipse is when the moon lines up directly between the sun and the earth. In result, that creats a lunar shadow. The suns corona is then able to be seen and creates a ring of fire arond the moon.
2. The next solar eclipse is supposed to occur next April 18, 2024. It will be visible from Texas to Maine.
3. Each year there is 2 to 5 solar eclipses. But the amount of eclipses reaching 5 is very rare.
4. There is four different types of eclipses. A namely partial eclipse, Annular eclipse, Total eclipse and Partial eclipse.
5. Indiana will not see a total eclipse. While indiana will not be able to view the path of totality - the steps to a total eclipse - the partial eclipse is certainly a sight to see!
6. Despite superstitions, there are no health problems from being outside during an eclipse. Although, you wont sizzle like bacon when you view the eclipse, looking up directly at it can cause blindness.
7. No one can stress how important it is to have solar glasses during an eclipse of any kind. Simply looking through a camera won't protect your eyes either. For the protection of you and your camera, make sure you have a solar filter before use.
8. In the song "staring at the sun", the lyrics say " I am staring at the sun. Not the only one happy to go blind." Yes, lead singer Paul David Hewson, is correct. staring at the sun during an eclipse can cause blindness.
9. According to this website, dragons can be associated to eclipses. Dating back to 2136 B.C. a dragon was told to eat the sun resulting in darkness. The Chinese would bang on drams to scare off the "beast".
10a. If you are in an area that is unable to view the eclipse have no fear! NASA will be broadcasting the eclipse LIVE.
10b. This is a website that lists everything you will want to bring to watch the eclipse. From sunscreen to a telescope. you wont be hiking the Great Wall so you can add a few odds and ends in your bag.
10c. If you were interested in this years eclipse, you will surely be interested in the most famous eclipses in history. These are 10 of the most famous and intriguing solar eclipses in american history.