DIY Solar Eclipse Glasses

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

"The one this time is about 70 miles across". It is in these spots that you will want to be if you wish to see the marvelously odd things that occur with each total solar eclipse, although some of them you will still be able to spot even if you are in other states in which you will only see a partial solar eclipse.

The next solar total eclipse in Louisville will be on October 17, 2153. that's 136 years away.

In our area the eclipse will begin around 1 p.m. on August 21, reach maximum coverage around 2:30, and end around 4 p.m.

The Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., will observe the Monday, Aug. 21 solar eclipse with activities exploring heliophysics, the study of the sun, and a solarscope viewing party. "The reason is because the orbital plane of the Earth around the sun is actually not in line with the orbital plane of the moon around the Earth", he says. Viewing the sun or an eclipse using any other glasses or filters could result in loss of vision or permanent blindness. "That doesn't sound like a lot, but when you look in the sky, the apparent size of the moon is about a half a degree".

The moon is about 400 times smaller than the sun.

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To ensure safety, the American Astronomical Society is now recommending people buy their eclipse glasses from one of the vendors on its curated list. "But we only get these total ones where they're lined up just right about every 18 months". During the 10 minutes before and after the total eclipse, light comes only from the edges and the colors on earth will appear more vivid and the shadows become more vibrant, too.

While it is still not completely clear why animals react in a certain way during such celestial events, perhaps knowing the animals' awareness of the event is a good reminder that humans are just one part of the equation when it comes to life on Earth and that we share this planet with so many other creatures that experience numerous same things that we do.

For those who want to know where to buy glasses to view the August 21 solar eclipse, the American Astronomical Society has some words of advice to guard against fake eclipse glasses being sold in numerous places that will not protect the eyes from injury. I've found that most makeup/compact mirrors work well. "Without ionizing radiation، the ionosphere will relax،going from daytime conditions to nighttime conditions and then back again after the eclipse،" said Marshall.

The sun's glare makes the moon impossible to see from Earth until it crosses the disk of the sun and we see the light from the sun growing darker.

While Thomas County will not see a total eclipse, expectations are that the moon will cover approximately 90 percent of the sun for a brief period, enough to create a dramatic effect and illustrate the phenomena of an eclipse. "So everyone is going to see this wonderful part of the sun with their own eyes".

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