Nat Geo explains the science behind solar eclipses, why you should care

Solar eclipse: A fine day to unplug

Solar eclipse: A fine day to unplug

"The eclipse is most interesting say between 11:15 and 11:45 a.m. - that's when the moon will be mostly covering the sun", said Phil Langill, director of the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory at the University Calgary. "On a normal day your pets don't try to look at the sun and therefore don't damage their eyes, so on this day they're not going to do it either".

An eclipse glasses sold out sign is posted outside the Clark.

Solar eclipse: A fine day to unplug

According to the American Astronomical Society (AAS), glasses should have a manufacturer label and ISO number 12312-2.

For example, you can go to http://www.google.com, and, in the main box area, type in "pictures of a solar eclipse", then hit enter and watch the stars align-literally! Some local libraries, museums, and planetariums have a limited supply to give away.

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With that being said, there are some spots in New Jersey that are making the most of the eclipse and organizing viewing parties.

Nope, not even close to being dark enough. Parents should make certain that their children are using the glasses as safely as possible. The eclipse makes it easier to look it, but the rays are still just as risky. In the last 100 years, there have been 230 solar eclipses around the world. Neat concept, but only if you have a telescope.

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"Total eclipses show that we're just a small part of the universe and there are still mysteries to be untangled", Dan Zevin, who is part of the Multiverse Education Team that is leading the megamovie project at UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory, tells Earth Island Journal. As toads were observed going into a feeding frenzy during an eclipse, will salamanders follow suit? Scientist have warned against looking at a solar eclipse directly, since this could severely damage a person's eyes.

However, if you attempt to take an unfiltered photo of the eclipsing sun, it probably won't come out very well (overexposed).

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City officials and experts have been warning AGAINST looking at the sun directly because it can damage your vision. During the total eclipse, you can totally take pictures of the corona. There are special filters available for both cameras and phones. People have also been prepping to watch the solar eclipse by buying safety gear like special solar eclipse glasses. "The eclipse presents a wonderful opportunity for our community, and it is important to do proper research to protect your health". A line of clouds could obscure the eclipse from Wyoming to Missouri as a weather front moves forward.

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