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Author:  Christopher K. [ January 31st, 2017, 3:41 pm ]
Post subject:  21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse

On Monday 21 August the first "all-American" solar eclipse in quite some time will be visible from the west coast to the east coast of the contiguous United States.

Baton Rouge will experience an approximately-eighty-percent-covered Sun.

More information:
http://www.eclipsewise.com/solar/SEprime/2001-2100/SE2017Aug21Tprime.html
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/total-solar-eclipse-august-2017/

Safe Viewing of the Eclipse:
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

Author:  Christopher K. [ February 4th, 2017, 4:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse

This month's BRAS meeting will focus on the upcoming August eclipse. Merrill Hess will give a talk outlining the major cities along the totality route, which areas are most likely to have clear skies, the possibility of obtain a hotel room at this late date (heh) and how to view the Sun safely.

The meeting will be Monday 13 February at 7pm. The talk has no admission fee and is aimed at a adult audience.

Author:  Christopher K. [ June 16th, 2017, 3:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse

Tonight at 7:30pm the Highland Road Park Observatory will give a brief overview of what to expect during the eclipse if it is viewed from the Baton Rouge area. The presentation is free and is aimed toward a general adult audience.

More information:
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Author:  Christopher K. [ June 21st, 2017, 7:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse

HRPO has a scant eighteen solar viewers left for sale until its big shipment of 300 viewers are available for purchase on 21 July. These viewers are like cardboard sunglasses--but they are not toys! They allow one to view the Sun safely, during an eclipse or any other time. The cost is two dollars (tax included) and they will be sold only to high schoolers and adults.

Whatever of the eighteen viewers that are left during ARRL Field Day on Saturday will probably be sold off that day!

Author:  Christopher K. [ June 21st, 2017, 6:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse

Earlier today, from the Newseum in Washington DC, NASA issued a logistics briefing and a science briefing on the 21 August solar ecliopse. The Eclipse Logistics Briefing will be rerun today at 7pm CDT, and the Eclipse Science Briefing will be rerun today at 8pm CDT, on both NASA-TVs.

Author:  Christopher K. [ June 23rd, 2017, 6:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse

The United States Postal Service has issued a Forever Stamp commemorating the Great American Eclipse. The front shows a photograph taken by Fred Espenak. The First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony took place Tuesday at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

This is the first U.S. stamp to use thermochromic ink, which yields another picture when prompted by the heat of a hand or finger. The stamps should not be exposed to UV light.

More information:
http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2017/pr17_020.htm

Author:  Christopher K. [ July 20th, 2017, 8:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse

Tomorrow at 5am CDT on NASA-TV3 there will be live media interviews shown concerning the 21 August event: "2017 Solar Eclipse--One Month Away". These interviews will be presumably very similar to the "Two Months Away" interviews given in June...
https://www.nasa.gov/content/rare-eclipse-across-america-is-two-months-away-live-media-satellite-interviews-with-nasa/

Author:  Christopher K. [ July 26th, 2017, 3:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse

LSU has created an informational website on the Great American Eclipse entitled "Louisiana Teaches the Eclipse"...
http://laspace.lsu.edu/teacheclipse/

It is an invaluable resource offering general information on solar eclipses, instructions for building solar viewers, lesson plans aligned to state GLE's and more.

Author:  Christopher K. [ July 27th, 2017, 8:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse

Okay--the Highland Road Park Observatory has its solar viewers in! The facility received 500 and began selling them this past weekend. The viewers cost an even two dollars each and will only be sold to adults and high schoolers fourteen and older. The sales limit is two per person per day...no exceptions!

Books-a-Million on Corporate has a few solar viewers for sale as well.

Author:  Christopher K. [ July 28th, 2017, 5:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse

The Goddard Media Studios has created an excellent short video describing the historic aspect of this upcoming eclipse. This is the first total eclipse to cross the United States from coast to coast in ninety-nine years!

The video:
https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/12551

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