Time to gear up for solar eclipse

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Researchers who studied an eclipse across Europe in 1999 found that the event lowered air temperatures by as much as 5°F across the path of totality. According to NASA, four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 global standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17. Within the path of totality, it will become night-like - " pitch black " if it's truly overcast, according to an informational website run by 12-eclipse veteran Dan McGlaun. The last total solar eclipse that passed over the Miami Valley was more than a thousand years ago.

During totality you don't actually need eye protection, but if you have a pair of binoculars, it's the flawless time to whip those out as the eclipse gives a unique viewing opportunity. If you're in the dark part of that shadow, you'll see a total eclipse. The eclipse will end in Traer at 2:34:51 p.m. CDT.

Here in our region, I'm sure the Goldendale Observatory will be abuzz with activity as scientists and visitors stream in to get a peak at the historic event.

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"You need to have the proper filters to photograph, or even just to look at, the eclipse".

The sun and moon have aligned to create a unique advantage for Southern Illinois and Jefferson County.

Those planning to look skyward during the total or partial event, he warned, should wear eclipse glasses. Especially fanatical groups have even chartered a plane to fly alongside the path of totality to extend their viewing time. It must be viewed safely with special filters or eclipse glasses. They say you should check your eclipse glasses and viewers to verify that they have the correct ISO designation and were manufactured by one of the four companies recognized by NASA as legitimate.

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"An eclipse of the sun (or solar eclipse) can only occur at New Moon when the moon passes between the earth and sun", he said. The Charleston County Public Library is handing out free eclipse glasses, and Mt. It is also the closest city to the eclipse's point of the greatest duration (2 minutes and 41.6 seconds).

The Schiele Planetarium showed Channel 9 a simulation of what the eclipse will look like around Charlotte.

But if you're undeterred and want to experiment with recording the event, get a tripod to keep your camera or smartphone stable, especially once it gets dark and you need a longer exposure time. Below are some additional safety tips for eclipse observers before, during and after the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse.

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