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Solar Eclipse 2017: Things To Know

Posted On August 20, 2017

By Travis Thayer

(Bloomington, Ind.) – Solar Eclipse 2017 is almost here, and Indiana University is providing the need to know.

On Monday, August 21 a total solar eclipse will cast a huge shadow on the Earth when the moon passes in front of the sun, completely blocking the sun’s radiant light. The eclipse will be visible from coast-to-coast for nearly three minutes.

The path of the eclipse will sweep across the Oregon coast to the South Carolina coast between 10:17 a.m. and 2:47 p.m. Peak viewing time is 2:30 p.m.

Different versions of the eclipse will be seen based on geographic location. In Indiana, the eclipse is expected to be between 87.2 and 95.7 percent covered. At 99 percent covered, Evansville is the best city in the state to view the rare occasion.

Listen to Eagle Country 99.3’s interview with Patrick Motl, an associate professor of physics and associate dean in the School of Science at IU Kokomo, regarding the eclipse in the audio player below.

If the audio player does not appear, click here to listen to the interview.

Eclipse viewers are being urged to take precautions by using solar eclipse viewing cards or glasses. While it is technically safe to look at the moment of totality, its not recommended.

It is very dangerous to look at the sun during an eclipse because the sun outputs more power than the eye can handle, which damages the retina. You should NOT use the following items to view an eclipse: binoculars, telescopes, normal sunglasses, smoked glass, polarizing filters or exposed color film.

Eye damage is sometimes not noticed until hours or days later and can manifest as seeing straight lines as wavy, noticing a spot in vision, and blurred vision.

For more information, visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

The next solar eclipse visible in the U.S. will occur in 2024.

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