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2017 Total Solar Eclipse......Experience it in Sabetha!

Monday, August 21, 2017

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Eclipse Start & End: Local Time for US States

The eclipse will begin over the Pacific Ocean at 15:46 UTC, which corresponds to 8:46 am Pacific Time. It will reach the coast of Oregon at Lincoln City, just west of Salem, at 9:04 am local time. The eclipse will reach its maximum point here at 10:17 am.

From here, the Moon's central shadow will move inland. The following table shows when the Moon will begin to move in front of the Sun and the moment it completely covers the Sun, as seen from some locations along the central path of the eclipse. All times are local.

Location Partial Eclipse Begins Sun Completely Obscured
Salem, OR 09:05 am PDT 10:18 am PDT
Idaho Falls, ID 10:15 am MDT 11:33 am MDT
Casper, WY 10:22 am MDT 11:43 am MDT
Lincoln, NE 11:37 am CDT 1:03 pm CDT
Sabetha, KS 11:38 am CDT 1:05 pm CDT
Jefferson City, MO 11:46 am CDT 1:14 pm CDT
Carbondale, IL 11:52 am CDT 1:21 pm CDT
Hopkinsville, KY 11:56 am CDT 1:25 pm CDT
Nashville, TN 11:58 am CDT 1:28 pm CDT
Talulah Falls, GA 1:07 pm EDT 2:37 pm EDT
Columbia, SC 1:13 pm EDT 2:43 pm EDT
Charleston, SC 1:16 pm EDT 2:47 pm EDT

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Why is this eclipse so special?

(submitted to The Sabetha Herald by Brian Cole)

As we journey through this life there are events that stand out in our memory more than others: graduation day, a sports victory, or a special birthday party. August 21st, 2017 could be one of those days if you are prepared for it.

An eclipse is when one astronomical object such as the Earth or the moon cast a shadow on another. In recent years we have had several lunar eclipses (Earth casts a shadow on the moon) that you may have seen. Lunar eclipses are a little more common for large numbers of people to see since anyone on the side of the Earth facing the moon could see it. Solar eclipses (moon casting a shadow on the Earth) are not as easy for large numbers of people to see as you have to be in the shadow that the moon is casting. The moon is much smaller than the Earth, so only a small portion of the Earth facing the moon and sun will experience the shadow. There are two main parts to the shadow of any eclipse: the umbra, where total blockage of light happens, and penumbra, where only a portion of the moon blocks the sun’s light. Most people during any solar eclipse will experience the penumbra.

There are two types of solar eclipses: annular and total. These two types are due to the fact the moon is not always the same distance from the earth throughout its orbit of the Earth. When the moon is further away it is smaller relative to the sun in the sky, so when it crosses in front of the sun it leaves a ring of light. A total eclipse happens when the moon is nearest to the earth thus allowing the moon to completely block the light of the sun. The eclipse on August 21st is a total eclipse, so we will be able to see sun be completely blocked as we will lie on the path the umbra will cross the country. Not everyone in the path of the moon’s shadow will experience totality (complete blockage of the sun). Most of Nemaha and all of Brown County will lie in the 75 mile wide swath of totality that extends from Oregon across the United States to South Carolina. Even within this path of totality, not everyone will have the same experience. Those closer to the central portion of the swath of totality will see a longer amount of totality. For instance Sabetha is several miles southwest of this central path and will see totality for around two and a half minutes while Marysville which is much closer to the southern edge of the path will see totality for just over a minute.

Many of you, like me, can remember seeing a partial solar eclipse (only part of the sun is blocked by the moon) in the last several decades. Those people that are outside the path of totality will only see a partial eclipse as they lie in the penumbra. Most of Kansas will see no worse than 85-90% blockage. The last time a path of totality passed over a portion of the 48 States was in 1979. At that time only Washington, Northern Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota fell in the swath of darkness. It is estimated to take approximately 375 years between times that totality would cross the same spot on the Earth, so for an eclipse of this type to  cross where you live is truly a once in a lifetime event. You will most likely experience half a dozen or more partial eclipses in your current location, but never see totality again unless you travel to see it. So why don’t solar eclipses happen more often? The simple answer is that the orbit of the Earth around the sun and the orbit of the moon around the Earth are tilted relative to one another.

 

What is the best way to view a solar eclipse?

(submitted to The Sabetha Herald by Brian Cole)

There are a lot of different ideas and suggestions found on the internet for ways to look at the sun. The old adage still rings true: never look directly at the sun. I would add that you should never look at the sun without the proper solar filters. Some may say, oh I have looked at the sun in the morning as I have had to drive into it and I was not hurt. I would say first of all you most likely did not do so with your eyes wide open and secondly Mother Nature was acting as a filter without you realizing it. As the sun rises the horizon filters and bends light away from going directly into your eyes. The sun can at worst blind you or at its kindest burn the retina. The burning of the retina would be like you would experience when welding without the proper eye protection. This can happen even due to even a short exposure to direct sunlight on the back of the eye.

To directly view the solar eclipse safely, you can use welder’s glass of number fourteen or higher. You can also purchase solar glasses locally or online for minimal cost. Just be sure they are ISO certified or ISO compliant. This will usually be noted on the packaging or the glasses themselves. I would encourage you to obtain these glasses as soon as possible as demand will only rise as we approach the eclipse. Finally the last direct observation option is through binoculars, camera, or telescope with a sun filter lense. This is not a highly recommended method for first time viewers.

There are also indirect methods to view the eclipse. The most common is by making a pinhole camera using something as simple as a shoe box or a Pringles can. You can obtain designs for these through a quick search on the internet. I would highly recommend constructing and testing them before the day of the eclipse to ensure you know how to use them and can make any needed modifications to enhance the quality of the image produced.

On the day of the eclipse there are four key moments to be aware of during the event. The first moment is when the moon begins to block the sun. For those in the Sabetha area this will occur at approximately 11:39 AM. The second moment is when totality begins or when the moon has completely blocked all sun light. This will happen at about 1:04 PM and stay this way until 1:07 PM when event three happens. Event three is when the moon moves so that sunlight begins to shine again. It would be important to note that during totality it is safe to remove your eclipse glasses. In fact you will need to in order to see anything as it will be very dark. It could be possible to see stars appear around the moon and I have been told the horizon in all directions could look like a 360 degree sunrise or sunset. The final event is when the moon is no longer blocking any portion of the sun. This will conclude the eclipse around 2:32 PM. Please remember that outside the two and a half minute totality, the eclipse should only be viewed through proper equipment.

Some may wonder what USD 113 has planned since the eclipse occurs on a school day. While I don’t have all the details at the time this article was written, I do know teachers in all buildings have taken part in summer training to help them with activities leading up to, during, and after the eclipse. What has been planned is being done at an age-appropriate level and determined by a team of teachers and the administrator in each building. Each student and staff member will be provided a pair of solar eclipse glasses to us the day of the eclipse that they will be allowed to keep. Our hope is that we can make this not only a safe and educational event for our students, but one they will remember fondly the rest of their life.