Partial lunar eclipse to darken skies of the emirates on Aug.7

Thursday, 03 Aug, 2017

The almost four-hour program will include unprecedented images of the August 21 eclipse from numerous spacecraft — including the International Space Station — high-altitude aircraft and balloons, and ground observations. The Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies from OR to SC, along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide. When 1% of the Sun's surface is still visible it is about 10,000 times brighter than the full moon. These will run at 12:00, 12:20, 12:40, 1:00, 1:20, and 1:40, and tickets will be $4. Our area will be treated to a very deep partial eclipse, with about 92 percent of the sun being blocked by the moon at maximum. Andrew Lunt explained to Quartz that his Arizona-based company's sister company TSE17, sold eclipse glasses in Germany leading up to the 2015 solar eclipse.

I have traveled to distant locations five times to observe total solar eclipses.

Southwest Airlines is selling seats for the best in-air view along the solar eclipse's path.

Longtime residents of the Northwest may remember a total solar eclipse.

"Total eclipses are sufficiently rare, for a given place, you're lucky to have one come by every fifty years or so."
Partial solar eclipses are interesting, and well worth your time and effort to observe. Then, when all we could see of the sun was a threadlike sliver, gaps between the leaves in trees behaved like countless pinhole cameras, making the trees look sparkly, with their leaves decorated with little crescents. The penumbra is where only part of the sun's disk is obscured.

But a team of NASA-funded scientists have figured out a way to get a much longer look. Features on the surface of the moon determine the shape of the umbra.

See the map in the video above. If you can't make it to the science center, you can also view the eclipse at pop-up locations around Orlando where solar eclipse glasses will be provided. We can become mesmerized by dark, star-filled nights, by the spectacular colors of sunsets and by the moon's orange glow as it rises over the Gros Ventre Range.

BUCKS COUNTY In less than a month, the first solar eclipse in a century visible from throughout the contiguous 48 states will sweep across the nation. It starts just after 9am and will last for about 2 and a half hours.

NASA's Eclipse 101 page says even your darkest sunglasses won't protect you.

Editor's note: has teamed up with Simulation Curriculum to offer this awesome Eclipse Safari app to help you enjoy your eclipse experience.

Here are several more eclipse presentations that are free and open to the public.