And it has everyone buzzing with excitement. The dates of these countdown events are August 8 and August 15.
A graphic from the American Astronomical Society demonstrates which parts of the total solar eclipse are safe to view without a solar filter - just the part when the sun is completely obscured by the moon. "Can you see any other planets?"
Total solar eclipses are rare events.
The moon's distance from us is about 110 times its diameter.
The eclipse will be a spectacular event only if the sky is clear. Seeing the shadow of the moon race up the western sky is terrifying and yet wonderous. If you haven't booked a hotel room by this point, you're out of luck.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun - thereby covering the sun. The 2:00 show is a special Starry Night Express featuring a live feed from Casper, Wyoming, with Museum staff in the path of totality.
For now, a total solar eclipse is visible from somewhere on the Earth's surface about once every 18 months, on average.
You'll find glasses online and in retail stores, including paper and plastic versions, starting at a few dollars. For the first time in 99 years, there will be a coast to coast total eclipse of the sun across the United States. Since dismissal for FCS students begins shortly after 3 p.m. the district feels a 30-minute dismissal delay would allow for better supervision of students during the eclipse. "If they occur higher up in the corona, we might expect to see waves moving downwards, as the little explosions occur and collectively reconfigure the magnetic fields". It's going to look pretty neat through your viewing devices.
My two solar telescopes provide safe viewing in both natural (white light) and Hydrogen Alpha (Solar Flames) in great detail. Let me start by saying that eclipses are risky for your eyes. But all sun-gazers should wear proper eye protection.
Jackson says he's gotten questions like, "What makes these glasses different than regular sunglasses?"
Also, attendees can view the solar eclipse safely through a specialized solar telescope and make pin-hole cameras used to see the occurrence, Mager, the event organizer, said.
Without taking precautions, Dulsky warns, "You can damage your retina". Here's what you need to know. The area where a total eclipse can be seen is about 70 miles wide as the moon's shadow crosses the country.
According to Dulsky, the Association is looking into holding a viewing event on Eclipse Day at the Northampton Township Municipal Park on Hatboro Road.
The all-day viewing party will also be free and open to the public, Horne said.
Only get solar eclipse glasses that are ISO 12312-2 rated.