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Balloons to provide unique view of upcoming solar eclipse

Balloons to provide unique view of upcoming solar eclipse

Let's make sure one thing is clear: Here in Sacramento, you should not look at the sun without eclipse glasses at any point during the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21.

Combined with measurements of the ionosphere during the eclipse, they will have information on both the solar input and corresponding ionosphere response, enabling them to study the mechanisms underlying ionospheric changes better than ever before. But the moon will block at least a portion of the sun nationwide, with the amount of obscurity varying by location. North Carolina, which is also a major solar producer, will experience the eclipse just as evening is approaching and customer electricity demand is beginning to peak. Looking further down the road, we will get a chance to see totality here with the eclipse of April 8, 2024 - the northern edge of the narrow band of the umbra of our moon's shadow will pass right over IU Kokomo. There's actually a statewide campaign encouraging people and businesses to turn off lights, appliances, and gadgets during the eclipse so less non-renewable power from natural gas has to be used. The next total lunar eclipse is January 31, 2019. Once the eclipse has begun, the moon continues to eat its way across the blazing sun before darkness falls, the temperature drops and the sky is dominated by a radiant crown around the moon.

"We want everyone to know the eclipse is coming and we want people to know not to look directly at the sun", Berry told CNN. People around the umbra will witness the total solar eclipse as it extends into portions of 14 states from OR to SC, and follows about a 65-mile-wide swath.

The viewing event will take place rain or shine, and even if there's still smoke in the air. This phenomenon, which is caused by the moon's passing directly between the earth and the sun, will indeed reduce solar energy production in parts of the United States for about three hours. This is a rare Earth event. Planetarium director Seth Jarvis says there's a simple test to finding a safe pair.

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"It's definitely not safe just to look at it with binoculars or a telescope", Bridges said.

Viewing the full total eclipse is offered inside the dome theater from a NASA feed. So for an eclipse to occur, the moon must land on a specific point where the moon's orbit intersects the earth's orbit.

Millions of Americans are getting ready to view the next eclipse on August 21, but Dr. Russell Van Gelder from the University of Washington School of Medicine warns blindness is a risk if you dont have proper eye protection.


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