Solar eclipse: When New Yorkers can see the phenomenon

Eloi Lecerf
Agosto 13, 2017

As the moon obscures the sun on August 21, it will create a twilight experience across the U.S. This moment of up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds of darkness-otherwise known as the "Great American Eclipse"-won't be visible in any other country, and the eclipse's path of totality will cross 14 states". During a solar eclipse, the moon passes directly in front of the sun, blocking some or all of its light from reaching Earth. "The same is the case for the solar eclipse".

A Fort Hood official said the post's solar panel field, which powers a portion of the post, will not be affected by the eclipse. The last to make any sort of landfall in the United States happened on February 26, 1979. While sunglasses only block about 50% of the sun's rays, solar filter glasses block more than 99.99%. The "path of totality" where the total solar eclipse is visible will stretch through 13 states from OR to SC.

To view the solar eclipse directly without damage to your eyes, you need special solar filter glasses.

Following the show, local astronomers Jay Huston and Warren Hart will expand upon the show with an in-depth look at eclipses, their effects and a question-and-answer session.

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The Mayborn Science Theater at Central Texas College will have a showing of their new show, "Totality", about the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses, at 11:30 a.m. August 21. If you would like to see 100% totality, you will have to travel roughly 280 miles from Roanoke or a little under 4.5 hours. Although our viewing area isn't in the path of totality, Arkansas and Oklahoma will still see a near eclipse. It is right in the path and likely will not be obscured by clouds.

Merlo also explains prices can range from a couple cents to a couple of dollars depending on how many you order but he recommends ordering glasses as soon as possible as they are in high demand, in fact many places in the Tri-State are still sold out. Hotels in the city are likely booked to capacity in anticipation.

A partial eclipse will already be occurring when the sun rises in Hawaii, and will come into view just after 9 a.m. on the OR coast, so when it's about noon in Baltimore. You'll get to enjoy another one in 2024, but only in southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. There certainly wasn't Twitter or Facebook in 1979, but now you can expect numerous posts in your feed from across the country as people share their eclipse experiences. That is why it is important to use solar filters, or eclipse glasses. The moon does not completely cover the sun from our vantage point. The best option is to buy some solar viewing glasses which allow you to look directly at the sun for short periods.

University officials said they are expecting as many as 10,000 people to show up to watch the eclipse. Look for glasses rated to the ISO 12312-2 global standard. You put a pinhole in it and you see the shadow of the moon eating into the sun.

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