Will the Great American Eclipse make animals act strangely? Science says yes

Cesar Mills
August 12, 2017

The sun's corona, or top layer, is only visible during a total solar eclipse. "The moon makes a better eclipse than humans have been able to do", says Jay Pasachoff of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., who will observe this eclipse - his 34th total one - from Salem, Ore.

Second, thousands of visitors from all over are flocking to OR for this rare event - the last coast-to-coast total solar eclipse was in 1918 and the last eclipse in this area was in 1979.

The only time it's ever safe to look at the sun is during a total eclipse, when the sun is completely behind the moon.

I am not sure on this, but in Louisville we may be able to see a much darker sky to the southwest when the total eclipse is occurring over Kentucky.

Eclipses happens sometimes when moon orbits earth and moves between the sun and earth, casting a shadow onto our planet.

Transylvanian lore suggested eclipses brought plague and resulted from an angry sun turning away from men and cloaking herself in darkness due to their bad behavior. Or you could watch it from inside, and see it in totality, through WHSV's eclipse livestream, which will show video from our sister stations in the path of totality. Some observations also show wave-like TEC perturbations in small magnitude (~1 TECU) during eclipse as shown in the attached reference. "They only happen every so many years, and it's the only full one crossing the entire United States in our lifetime", Newman said.

Travelers have been busy booking hotels. I ordered some from @amazon & apparently they shipped from China & won't make it in time. It would be interesting to analyze Global Positioning System data along the path of the upcoming August eclipse to see if any scintillation events could be triggered.

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To help celebrate the awe-inspiring sight, the Texas Perot Museum of Nature and Science will be holding a solar eclipse viewing party from noon to 2.00pm. It's not safe to use regular sunglasses to look at the eclipse, according to NASA information. "It was kind of disappointing", said Smith.

You mean as far as indirect viewing?

According to The Associated Press, the United States will be only nation fortunate enough to be in the path of totality.

Several libraries are giving away the glasses for free. Pizza also will be available for purchase. Get viewing glasses online, or from Bishop Museum's Shop Pacifica.

We got them in about 5 or 6 weeks ago [and] they're going like hotcakes, because people are very interested in this event that's coming up on August 21.

Attractions in Kansas City, Kansas, that will hand out eclipse glasses to ticket holders and guests, and the dates, include: Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Aug. 19 and 20; Kansas City T-Bones, Aug. 19 and 20; Sporting KC, Aug. 19; Cabela's, Aug. 21; Richard Petty Driving Experience, Aug. 19 and 20; all Wyandotte County museums, Aug. 19 and 20; Rowe Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Aug. 21; Legends Outlets Kansas City, management or security office, Aug. 19-21.

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