Floyd County Schools to delay dismissal on August 21

The Fortson Public Library, 61 McDonough St., Hampton, and Fairview Public Library, 28 Austin Road, Stockbridge, will host solar eclipse viewing parties August 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., with activities, games, snacks and movies. The moon is about 400 times smaller than the sun but it is also about 400 times closer to the earth. For those in the path of totality - a thin path only 70 miles wide stretching from OR to SC - the sun will be completely blocked by the moon for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

A statement from the American Astronomical Society on the subject follows below. A total solar eclipse will race across the mainland from coast to coast.

Not only do they get a longer observing time, but looking at the eclipse from the stratosphere will have the added benefit of darker skies and less atmospheric disturbance. That exception is during totality, when the Moon completely blocks the dazzlingly bright face of the Sun.

The Weather Channel has announced a full slate of programming surrounding the August 21 total solar eclipse that will be presented under the "The Total Solar Eclipse" moniker and feature augmented reality. Charlotte will get a 96% view of the eclipse, and that's not too shabby.

In few weeks, the moon will pass between the sun and earth, creating a lovely image, known as a total solar eclipse. Sunlight has harmful ultraviolet radiation. "Ordinary sunglasses, even if they are very dark, will not allow you to safely look at the sun", she said. Lunar eclipses can last for a few hours, but solar eclipses may last only a few minutes. Some filters are safe for eyes and cameras, some are safe for cameras but not eyes. But not all solar filters are created alike. Cleverly. "You end up with a scar at the back of your retina, which is permanent - there's no treatment for it".

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You won't need a telescope or any special gear to check out the meteor shower.

The AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force has been working diligently to compile a list of such vendors, now posted on our Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page. And make sure there are no holes in the film. Be sure to order them immediately, since supplies may be dwindling!

How can you tell if your solar viewer is not safe?

If the skies are clear then this is what you will see in the path.

No glasses handy? You can monitor the eclipse's progress by using a pinhole projection device that can be as simple as your own fingers, latticed together. If you miss this one, you'll have to travel even further: The next one in the United States won't be until April 28, 2024, traveling between Texas and Maine. So you're forgiven if your eclipse knowledge is a little fuzzy. Alternatively, you can pick up a free pair at the Hershey Public Library or the Palmyra Public Library. "Can you see any other planets?"

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