View All Jul 31, 2017

Education Corner: Solar Eclipse

This August, we will be treated to a site not seen in the US since 1991 – a solar eclipse! A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in between the sun and the earth at just the right angle, momentarily blocking the sun. On August 21st, 2017, people all over North America, as well as other parts of the world, will be able to see a partial solar eclipse. One thin strip, about 70 miles wide, of the US will fall within the “path of totality” where a total solar eclipse can be seen! As exciting as this event is, it is still important that you protect your eyes and never look directly at the eclipse unless you are wearing glasses specifically designed to protect your eyes. Also, be on the lookout for some interesting solar eclipse side effects like birds coming in to roost or a big drop in temperature! 

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