- A special Eclipse Viewing Party at Kaminski House will feature a wedding as the totality of the eclipse passes over.
"It's going to traverse the entire pass of the United States", Kopernik Observatory Executive Director Drew Deskur said.
The path of totality - where the sky will get dark enough to see the stars - will sweep across the country from OR in the west starting at 10:15 a.m. PDT (12:15 CDT) to SC in the east, ending at 2:45 p.m., EDT (1:45 p.m. CDT). The AOA encourages ordering solar eclipse glasses in advance and recommends referring to the American Astronomical Society's (AAS) site for a list of manufacturers.
Make sure to check your glasses for pinholes or scratches by holding them up to the light.
The organization says buyers should be skeptical of glasses even if they're stamped with an ISO seal - which has been used in the past to indicate which glasses comply with standards set by the International Organization for Standardization.
STARGAZERS across Europe were left in awe last night by the sight of a "blood moon" ahead of a solar eclipse later this month. Officials at the Kopernik Observatory say it may come closer to our area giving us a higher chance to view it within the totality. Even today, certain Native American groups will not observe solar eclipses because to them the sun and moon are brother and sister.
Ophthalmologist Tomas Lopez of Eyecare Associates in Albany and Corvallis met with about two dozen mid-valley eyecare and health care professionals last week to go over information on the August 21 eclipse and possible effects on patients.
However, relatively little solar PV capacity lies in the path of totality-where the sun will be completely obscured by the moon-and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) does not anticipate the eclipse will create reliability issues for the bulk power system. "It can cause severe vision problems", he warns.
"Bus yourself out of the city to where it's less overcast", she said, explaining that she'll be along the path of totality in Wyoming and Nebraska and intends to hop in a rental vehicle to make a fast getaway to the clearest skies possible. Additional details about how the eclipsed sun will look in the video have not been released.
"You may have heard that you can do a lot of damage to your eyes when viewing an eclipse, and it's true", Mark Mugavin of the University of Louisville department of ophthalmology and visual sciences notes in the release.
However, scammers are also taking advantage of the business opportunities by selling fake glasses that will not protect your eyes. The sun's disk can be viewed using appropriate filtration to block the harmful part of the sun's radiation. But these take-your-breath-away eclipses usually occur in the middle of the ocean somewhere, though, or near the sparsely populated top or bottom of the world.
If you are able to witness totality, take a few seconds during that time to scan the horizon.