Solar Eclipse by the numbers

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

It was a cloudy day in Longview, but he took the day off from work and headed to the Horse Heaven Hills in Central Washington to be in the path of totality, where the moon completely obscures the sun. The wind usually picks up, and temperatures drop. The moon will slowly and silently creep over the disk of the sun.

Still, the entire state of Iowa will be darkened about one o'clock that afternoon by a partial eclipse.

Of all the eclipses he's seen, though, this one has him the most excited - not just because of its path across the USA, but because of its potential to inspire a whole new generation of science.

The Daily News recently gave away more than 200 of the glasses from Northeast to readers who were interested in viewing the eclipse.

When the Moon is close to the Earth and running directly in front of the Sun, that becomes a total eclipse.

The US has solar-eclipse fever.

The last total solar eclipse to be seen in the Roseburg area occurred February 3, 1562.

This will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the USA since 1979, and the next will be in 2024.

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We found 30 solar eclipse apps in the Apple iTunes app store and more than 70 in the Google Play store.

Most obvious during Totality will be the bright planet Venus on the right of the sun and moon, though Jupiter may also be visible on the far left. Thorson described the phenomenon as the horizon at dusk, except the sunset is in every direction. You will begin to see bright tiny "solar crescents" dancing on the ground in the shadows of tree leaves/branches. For those who are in Sydney, the eclipse will start by 1:50 am. The app maker suggests you can instead use the filter in the app, and your smartphone camera to look up at the sun.

Airfares have surged to cities near the path of the August 21 event, the first total solar eclipse visible coast-to-coast in the United States since 1918. Mars and Mercury are also close to the eclipse, though they may be hard to see with the naked eye.

Even if it appears nearly completely dark during a partial eclipse, the small amount of light can still harm viewers' eyesight. It appears suddenly, as if the result of a pushed button. Stars also can appear. "Anyone in the path of totality will see it for about 2 ½ minutes, but the strength is in the network". The sun will reappear, temperatures will rise and birds will welcome the day again. During an eclipse, astronomers get an exceptional chance to study the photosphere "just up to a hundred miles from the sun's surface", she said. That likely won't be true this time around. Hence, areas or cities in the or path of totality will get many out-of-town, out-of-state and even out-of-country visitors. In Casper, Wyoming only one hotel out of 28 in and around the city have hotel rooms available.

Jack Bohannon of Anchorage, Alaska, plans to see the eclipse in Nebraska as the "culmination of a summer-long RV trip" with family. "We can't stop all these people from coming".

"(The eclipse) is not going to last very long but it's going to be talked about for a long time", Ring said.

Current FOG President Chuck Ring added that anybody can view the free event.

"Fishermen remember the biggest fish they've ever caught", Thorson said. It's imprinted on you brain for the rest of you life.

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