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Published: Sat, July 29, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

NASA balloons to study total solar eclipse

NASA balloons to study total solar eclipse

All across the United States during the August 21 solar eclipse, teams of students as young as 10 years old will shoot high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere to help NASA see how bacteria react to Mars-like conditions.

On Aug. 21st, 2017, the United States will witness a solar eclipse. However for those under the "path of totality"-a 70-mile-wide diagonal band running from OR through Kansas and Tennessee and ending in South Carolina-there will be a period of about two to three minutes of total darkness, happening between about 10:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. local time, depending on the location". (Find detailed maps and viewing tips here.) And remember: Don't look directly at the sun. "We endeavor to use the most cutting edge tools, resources, and communication", said NASA on its website.

Solar Eclipse for Kids classes, which will be held at various library branches in early August, including a class at Shadle Library on Aug. 4, will teach children about eclipses and how to view them safely. Alimena will share his photos, videos, and experiences viewing two previous total eclipses, and will explain what will be visible in our area.

By weird he means everywhere the sun casts a shadow, or shines through small holes, it produces images of itself, so when the normal "disc" of the sun becomes a crescent in a partial eclipse, the sun's images get distorted, and so do shadows.

If you miss this one, you won't get another chance to see a total solar eclipse in the continental USA until 2024!

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The Aug. 21 eclipse will be a once-in-a-lifetime alignment of the sun and moon by some measures.

We're only weeks away from the 2017 Solar Eclipse - dubbed the Great American Eclipse for its North American path. Shortly after 9:00 a.m. PDT along the Pacific Coast of OR a partial eclipse will be seen for a greater time period.

An employee views the May 2012 eclipse at Arches National Park through solar glasses, which allow safe viewing of the sun.

"Up in this region, the sun is only going to be 90% blocked, so you HAVE TO wear the glasses for the WHOLE event". This event, a total solar eclipse, will be "turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature drop rapidly". On average, any given location on Earth will see a total solar eclipse once every 100 years.

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