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November, 2016 Archives

How fast is the shadow moving across the US during the eclipse?

A great question! The Moon does indeed “carry” its shadow along with it, as it moves in its orbit around the Earth.

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And whenever that shadow happens to … Read More »



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And NO Astronomy degree required! Simply give it your location, and it’ll tell you whether you’re in the path of totality or not, and also when the eclipse happens … Read More »



Can I wear eclipse glasses over my regular eyeglasses?

Yes, you can certainly put them over regular eyeglasses, as I myself do!

The reality is that these “eclipse glasses” are really solar filters, and are designed to be used for only a brief time, as you glance at the partial phases to check on the progress of the … Read More »



I have a department-store telescope with a “solar filter” – can I use that to look at the Sun?

NO! NO! NO!

 

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These cheap “filters” are manufactured and marketed as being able to be inserted into the eyepiece. That means that by the time they get to the filter, all the Sun’s rays have gone through … Read More »



What time will the eclipse happen for me?

This depends completely on where you are.

If you are in the path of totality, then you first see the beginning of the partial phase. (This is called “C1” by astronomers) The Moon’s “bite” out of the Sun will grow slowly, until the moment you’ve been waiting for: totality!

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Seriously – why all the excitement over an eclipse?

If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand. If you already understand, nothing I can say will matter. It’s like having kids, or riding a Harley, or being in love. It just is – and you just have to believe.

The author of this site has personally seen 12 … Read More »



After the eclipse is over – then what?

It is an almost universal reaction after seeing a total eclipse: You will be asking yourself within about a half a second when the next one is. And the answer to that is that there isn’t another one on land until 2019 (in southern Argentina and Chile ONLY). After … Read More »



Can’t I just watch the eclipse on TV?

You sure can – the same way you can watch a wonderful meal being eaten on TV, a live shot of a huge pile of hundred-dollar bills on TV, or a guy having a great date with a wonderful woman – on TV. It’s not the same as being … Read More »



What if it’s cloudy on eclipse day?

Eclipse chasers don’t like to use the C-word, but they do have to consider the possibility, of course. If it’s cloudy, you won’t see what you will see if it’s clear – simple as that.

For those in the path:

If the sky is completely overcast, it will get … Read More »



Can I use a telescope to watch the eclipse?

ONLY if you have a special solar filter that fits over the end of the scope (not at the eyepiece!), AND you know how to use it! Those are about $200 each, so you should know whether you have one or not!

Ditto for binoculars – if you bring … Read More »



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