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12 Agosto 2017, 06:30 | Benedicto Grullon
WABE's guide to the eclipse includes when where and how to view the celestial event. Ariel Schalit Associated Press
Having seen 33 total eclipses in my life, I implore anyone who can to take advantage of this experience.
The first total solar eclipse in almost a century is 10 days away and while it will be visible in Rhode Island, some locals are hitting the road to get an even better look at the rare celestial event.
"Compared to visible light, the Sun's extreme ultraviolet output is highly variable", said Phil Erickson, principal investigator of a third study and space scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Haystack Observatory in Westford, Massachusetts.
"I'm a lifelong learner, and it's something interesting and something that's happening now". The most recent two eclipses didn't make much landfall or were hard to see due to bad weather.
In the path of totality, the moon will pass in between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow on earth and blocking the sun's light, UV, and Infrared Radiation.
The moon is about 400 times smaller than the sun. The sky becomes very dark, as if it were night.
Total solar eclipses happen about every 18 months but cross the same precise spot on Earth an average of only once every 375 years.
As eclipse glasses sell out at retailers across the U.S., customers are panicking as they realize that their glasses may not arrive in time for the once-in-a-lifetime event.
If you're not in the zone of totality, as will be the case for most of the country, the eclipse will be intellectually interesting but not dramatic.
Q: So seeing a total eclipse has been a longtime dream?
During the eclipse, you'll be able to see and photograph the structures in the Sun's corona. A total solar eclipse is a rare educational experience that doesn't cost anything, and that kids won't likely soon forget. Normal sunglasses don't provide enough protection.
Q: That's not too far away, will the sun not be totally obscured here? He still has vision in his left eye, but this time around Bates will watch the eclipse on TV.
When purchasing eclipse glasses be certain ISO 12312-2 (or EN1836) is printed somewhere on them.
"Make sure to help children to use solar filters and eclipse glasses properly", Dr. Ronold Tesch said.
"They're not an acceptable means for protecting your retina", if you stare directly at the sun, he said. The experiment aims to map electrons within the sun's atmosphere, known as the corona, and could answer the question of why the sun's surface, which is several thousands degrees, is so much cooler than its atmosphere, which has been gauged in the millions of degrees.
Scammers have taken advantage of the hype surrounding the eclipse and released fake protective glasses, according to the Better Business Bureau.
How can we safely view the eclipse?
"It's a big event".
One source told Business Insider that she had nearly purchased a five-pack of eclipse glasses on Amazon, before double checking the date - and realizing that they wouldn't arrive until September. Even with partly cloudy skies, a cumulus cloud in the wrong place at the wrong time, or even a string of them, may spoil the view for a significant amount of the event.
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