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Solar Eclipse Alert

Solar Eclipse Alert

Observation Date: Monday, Aug 21, 2017
Submission by: Isabelle Fuluvaka, Edina High School

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross over the entire continental U.S, an event that hasn't happened since 1918. A total eclipse occurs when the moon travels between the earth and the sun, blocking the sun completely and allowing the Corona, the outermost layer of the sun's atmosphere, to be visible.

The path of totality goes through 14 states across the U.S: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. Special eclipse viewing glasses, solar binoculars, solar telescopes, and solar photography filters are necessary to safely view the eclipse except during the period of totality, wherein the sun is completely blocked by the moon. In the central Minnesota area the eclipse will only be partial and YOU MUST ALWAYS USE EYE PROTECTION TO VIEW THE ECLIPSE IF YOU ARE IN MINNESOTA!

The partial eclipse begins in Minneapolis at 11:44 am, reaches 83% coverage at 1:07 pm and ends at 2:30 pm.

Image Credit: Diagram courtesy of B&H Photo


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