Published: Sat, July 22, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Kentucky State Parks offering range of events for August 21 solar eclipse

Kentucky State Parks offering range of events for August 21 solar eclipse

As Portland based astrophotographer Jake Breed puts it, "Photographically speaking, it's too rare to miss; and personally speaking, it's too handsome and awesome not to see".

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. Let's hope there are clear skies. Think about how you can use that typical handheld magnifier to focus the sun to burn holes in paper. Like a magnifying glass, the lens in your eye focuses light onto your retinas. Looking into the solar eclipse without special shades is going to damage your eyes. It is not safe if we wear the homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses.

At maximum eclipse if the sky is clear enough you should be able to spot Venus in the western
At maximum eclipse if the sky is clear enough you should be able to spot Venus in the western

As for Gutsch, he'll view the solar eclipse in OR, where he'll be staying with family. You can also check out www.greatamericaneclipse.com for information and recommendations for places to watch the historic event.

Chabad of SC in Columbia is planning to mail solar eclipse kits to community members in advance of the natural phenomenon. Pleasant's Vision Center at Seaside Farms is selling them for $1.

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Before using the solar filter glasses inspect them.

If you don't own a DSLR camera, that's no problem. In fact, Optometrist Dr. James Bierly says it may be even more risky to look at the sun during an eclipse. Do not forget to put your glasses back on as soon as light begins to reappear.

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"One of the telescopes will be used to project an 18-inch image of the sun during the entire eclipse". Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device. "Almost any decent camera will get a photo of [the eclipse], but the image will be very small". Your eyes are now safe from the sun's radiation.

During totality you don't actually need eye protection, but if you have a pair of binoculars, it's the ideal time to whip those out as the eclipse gives a unique viewing opportunity. The full moon will be the same diameter as the total solar eclipse, so photographers can practice taking photos during the next full moon on the night of August 7. It will pass over Lakes Marion and Moultrie before heading out over the Atlantic between Awendaw and McClellanville, just north of Bulls Bay. These will give you a magnified view that will clearly show the progress of an eclipse. Malaysians will have the chance to observe a partial eclipse of the moon for five hours beginning 11.50pm on August 7 until 4.50am the following day.

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