A Total Eclipse of the Sun

I’m sure by now you have heard that there is going to be a solar eclipse over the U.S. this afternoon — and people within a narrow band from the west to the east coast will experience a total eclipse of the sun. How amazing!! (All about the eclipse here.) I have read a few accounts of it, and still can’t imagine witnessing the sky darken and having a few moments of night in the middle of the day, with the sun’s halo or corona marking it’s spot in the dark sky. The temperature cools, stars come out, crickets chirp… can you imagine it?!

A partial eclipse can be seen from anywhere in the lower 48 states, but never look directly at it. An eclipse should only be seen through special eclipse glasses, and of course by the time I thought of that they were pretty much sold out everywhere! Another option is to look at the shadow of the eclipse with a pinhole projector — for example taking a white card stock or paper plate, making a tiny hole in it, and with your back to the sun hold it up with the hole facing the second white card on the ground to project an image of the sun. (More ideas on how to make projectors here.) You can also stream the eclipse online. Hope you get a chance to see it in some way — happy Monday!

Photo by Paul Rysz on Unsplash.

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