Why a total solar eclipse is such a big deal

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Nocturnal creatures will sound off, stars and planets will shine bright, and the temperature will plummet several degrees as the moon becomes the sky's starring act.

For the first time in almost a century, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States, and IL is one of the best areas to see it. "The moon is about as ideal an occulter as one can get", she said.

It's not quite as long of a wait as you might have thought, but it won't stretch the width of the country.

An eclipse is a rare and striking phenomenon you won't want to miss, but you must carefully follow safety procedures. But unlike in horseshoes, being close counts, too. The research will advance our knowledge of the sun's complex and mysterious magnetic field and its effects on Earth's atmosphere and land. "When the moon comes between the sun and the earth, you have an eclipse", Dcruz said. The last total solar eclipse visible from the United States was in 1991. Partial eclipse expected along Gulf Coast.

Brian Sievers, physics teacher at Shepard High School in Palos Heights, said the best place to view the total eclipse in IL is in Carbondale.

Solar eclipses happen fairly often, but they are not total, meaning some parts of the sun are still visible.

NASA plans to use a camera aboard its Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a satellite that sits in a distant orbit about 900,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers away), to capture the view of light leaving the Earth.

With the help of an advanced 3-D radiative transfer computer model, the scientists are working to simulate the eclipse that will occur on August 21 and pass across America.

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This also will be the first eclipse to exclusively cross the nation, from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts, since June 8, 1918. To date five manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 global standard for such products: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only), Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

Q: What will traffic be like on the day of the eclipse?

"We are expecting 10,000 people to come to the museum and see the eclipse here with us", said Jennifer Howell, spokeswoman for the museum.

McGregor suggested area residents consider the possibility of heavy traffic for a couple of days before and after the eclipse when planning doctor appointments and other activities that may require travel. "We will have a stage with live entertainment, hands-on science, food trucks and more". This event is free and all ages are welcomed! Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County will have one small spot of total eclipse, and most of the county will experience about 95 percent eclipse for almost a minute.

You can also get these filters built into handheld cards called "solar viewers" that you can hold in front of your eyes. It will start in the northwest United States, and end in the southeast United States.

"It really is an experience, so especially if it's your first time, just let yourself enjoy it", says Amanda Bauer, who already has two totality viewings under her belt. Always supervise children using solar filters. "We usually don't see that, so that will be something unique".

"I think a lot of people are interested in astronomy". "It's likely to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history, because of where it is and because everyone now has a camera in their pocket".

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