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Pointers for the August 21,2017 Solar Eclipse by Bob O’Connell                                   


A solar eclipse occurs when the full moon moves in front of the sun.  Like a nickel slides across a dime. From the first contact to totality is about an hour (partial phases), a few minutes for totality, and roughly another hour until last contact (partial phases).  The moon’s shadow (about a 100 miles wide) falls on the earth and slides across the US (at several thousand miles per hour).  If you are in the shadow you will see a total eclipse. The closer you are to the center of the shadow, the longer will be the totality.        During totality you do not need any filters for your eyes, cameras or telescopes.  During totality you will be able to see the corona (the faint outer atmosphere of the sun) with your eyes.  It will look silvery white and plume out from the sun several times the size of the sun.  You should also be able to see prominences (reddish-orange plumes) close to the black disk of the moon.  A telescope or camera will help you see them better because of the magnification.               

It is important to remember that during totality is the only time you can view the sun without any filters safely.  Before and after totality, during the partial phases, you must use safe solar filters for your eyes, cameras ,or telescopes.  During the partial phases, no matter how small the crescent sun is or how faint it is, you must use solar filters.  When the sun is very faint it is the most dangerous, because you will not feel or sense anything, but the radiation from the sun can damage your vision by burning the retina if you look at the faint sun.  Now I do not want to scare you, it is just important to be careful to not look at the partial phases with your naked eye.  Use those safe filters during the partial phases!                       

 Here are some ways to view the partial phases safely: You can cover a mirror with paper that has a hole about the size of a dime.  Project the sunbeam onto a shaded wall about 50 feet away (hang some white paper on the wall).  You will get an image about 10” in diameter that will show the phasing of the sun as well as sunspots if there are any.  You can look or photograph the projected image with no filters, but do not look at the sunbeam.  You can use a shoe box with a pinhole in one end.  Hold the box so the sun goes through the pinhole and the beam shines on the other end of the box (white paper placed there will help sharpen the image).  Again, do not look at the beam.  Watch leaf shadows on the ground, fences, or walls.  The small patches of sunlight will be like pinhole cameras and show the partial phases (palm fronds show neat pairs of partial phases).  You can even use your own shadow.  Make an O with your fingers and thumb.  Look at that shadow on the ground (paper on the ground helps).  If you close your hand to make the O smaller it will show the partial phases of the sun.

You can view or photograph any images of the sun that are projected on walls, fences or the ground safely without filters.  DO NOT point cameras or telescopes at the sun during partial phases unless they have safe solar filters.  During totality you do not need any solar filters. 

As the moon covers more of the sun, it will start to get darker.  Take time to look around.  Pay attention to sounds of birds and animals.  As it gets closer to totality the crescent sun is not very bright, but remember you still need to use filters to look at the partial phases.

As the moon’s shadow starts to cover your spot on the earth, the shadow will interact with the atmosphere and create shadow bands  .They appear as shadow ripples that wiggle as parallel lines on the ground, like the shadows on the bottom of a swimming pool when the water ripples.  You do not always see the shadow bands on the ground, but if you do see them, then totality has started. It is now safe to look at the eclipse with your eyes, cameras, or telescopes without filters, as long as the moon keeps the sun covered.  Near Madras, Oregon, that time will be about 2 minutes, 6 seconds.  During totality be sure to look all around not just at the sun. You may see stars or planets near the sun, you may see parts of the surrounding areas in sunlight or twilight you should also notice(and you could measure it) a drop in temperature and a return to the starting temperature.

During totality your eyes will become use to the darkness, so when the moon starts to uncover the sun,it will become very bright. STOP ALL VIEWING WITHOUT FILTERS.  Go back to viewing the partial phases using filters, or viewing projected images.  It will take about an hour of partial phases until the sun is back to normal and the eclipse is done.

The important thing to remember is to have fun, enjoy what is going on around you.  Be safe and use your common sense.  It will help if you look at photos of other eclipses on line or in books, so you know what to expect.  Practice using filters and projecting the sun before you travel for the eclipse.  I can tell you that it is a unique experience to stand in the shadow of the moon, it will be like nothing you have ever done before.