The Solar Eclipse of 2017: Where and How to Best View It

The Solar Eclipse of 2017: Where and How to Best View It

Language: English

Pages: 35


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

On Monday, August 21, 2017, there will be a solar eclipse of the sun visible from large parts of North America, from Oregon across to South Carolina. It will be the first total eclipse visible from mainland US since 1979, and there will not be a significant total eclipse in Europe until 2026. For many westerners, therefore, 2017 is the best opportunity for decades to view a solar eclipse.<br><br>Preparation is key to successfully observing an eclipse. This guide to the 2017 eclipse tells you the best places and exact times to see the eclipse (including detailed maps), as well as lots of tips on the best locations, safety equipment, and what to expect, minute by minute.<br><br>The awe-inspiring nature of experiencing a total eclipse cannot be underestimated. This invaluable book will help you make the most of those few precious minutes.











15s 47° Howe, Idaho, USA –6 10.14 11.33 12.56 2m 03s 49° Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA –6 10.15 11.34 12.58 1m 32s 50° Jackson, Wyoming, USA –6 10.17 11.36 13.01 2m 10s 51° Dubois, Wyoming, USA –6 10.18 11.38 13.03 2m 21s 51° Bonneville, Wyoming, USA –6 10.20 11.41 13.06 2m 24s 53° Casper, Wyoming, USA –6 10.22 11.44 13.10 2m 27s 54° Douglas, Wyoming, USA –6 10.24 11.46 13.12 2m 27s 55° Scottsbluff, Nebraska, USA –6 10.26 11.49 13.16 1m 15s 56° Arthur, Nebraska, USA –6 10.29 11.53 13.20 2m 14s 57°

particularly St Stephen’s Cathedral which rose out of the city like a dark, quiet mountain range so close that one could almost touch it. I looked at the Sun, which was to be the subject of such strange events in a few minutes, with a peculiar feeling. In the distance, where the great river lies, there was a thick, extended line of mist; clusters of fog and cloud also crept around on the south-eastern horizon, which we feared greatly, and whole districts of the city were suspended in the haze.

landscape turned more and more sallow, and the landscape itself became more and more rigid – our shadows were cast empty and tenuous upon the walls, our faces became ashen. This gradual decay in the midst of what a few minutes ago had been a fresh morning, was dreadful. We had imagined the gradual disappearance of the light rather like the failing of the evening light only without the redness of the evening sky; we had never imagined how eerie an onset of evening without the redness of the

forget those two minutes – they represented the powerlessness of a giant body, our Earth. How holy, how incomprehensible and how terrible is that entity which floods around us, which we soullessly enjoy and which causes our globe to tremble with such frisson when it withdraws its light for a short period. The air became cold, noticeably cold, dew fell so that clothes and instruments became damp, animals were terrified. The most awful thunderstorm was but superficial noise against such deathly

be up to 165 miles (270 km) wide. The movement of the Moon means that, in the course of an eclipse, the umbra sweeps a path of darkness across the Earth. Outside this core zone, in the range of penumbra, the Sun appears partially covered by the Moon. The diameter of the penumbra is approximately 4,500 miles (7000 km). It is one of the mysteries of the planetary system that the Sun and the Moon display correlations which can hardly be coincidence: for example, the Moon takes 29.5 days to move

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