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What Will You See During The August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse?

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During the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse ., skywatchers will be plunged into twilight at midday and will witness twisting streamers of light emanating from the edges of the obscured sun. Please note, comment, and forward.

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Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Saturday August 5, 2017, 5:38 pm
While these features tend to dominate most people's total eclipse experience, there is much more to see if you know what to look for.

A total solar eclipse changes the very air around you; the loss of sunlight can cause the temperature to drop 10 or more degrees. The change in lighting also makes shadows look sharper on the ground, so it's possible to see individual hairs on your head in your shadow. During a total solar eclipse, skywatchers might see stars become visible in the daytime or perhaps catch a glimpse of the planet Mercury, which is difficult to see on a normal day because of how close it orbits to the sun.

"It's an assault on the senses," Rick Fienberg, press officer for the American Astronomical Society (and a bit of an eclipse hunter), told "But a good assault." [How to Safely Watch The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse]

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Saturday August 5, 2017, 5:41 pm
A total solar eclipse "isn't just about astronomy," Fienberg told "[It] is about beauty."

Just about every person who has seen a total solar eclipse says it is awesome, amazing, incredible and indescribable. Eclipse chasers like Fienberg will travel around the world to see total solar eclipses. People who have witnessed a total solar eclipse often describe it as a life-changing event, said C. Alex Young, a NASA solar scientist and the agency's lead outreach specialist for the 2017 total solar eclipse.

The elation and excitement that a total solar eclipse invokes is on display in many videos takein during total solar eclipses; people witnessing the event shout, moan and repeat exclamations like "Wow! Oh wow!" and "Oh my god!" and other phrases we won't print here.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Saturday August 5, 2017, 5:43 pm
Further explanation, links to safety equipment for your eyes, and video are on site.

Animae C (514)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 2:32 am
Nothing from Australia : ))

Lenore K (0)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 2:36 pm

Trish K (29)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 4:19 pm
I am looking forward to the Total Solar Eclipse - probably the last one of my lifetime. Was going to drive to be in the center of Totality but hotel rooms are just about gone. A lot of us have the same idea of where we want to be at the same time . Decided to not drive anywhere to join my eclipse friends and what might be the biggest traffic jam and parking problem in history : } I will just go to the beach and enjoy the day . Don't forget to get your Solar Eclipse stamps at the Post Office. The heat of your thumb across the stamp cause an eclipse - they are way cool

Janet B (0)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 8:35 pm

Danuta W (1250)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 8:31 am

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday August 14, 2017, 1:45 am
Will be watching for it

Melania Padilla (122)
Saturday September 2, 2017, 6:47 pm
Such a shame I didn't :-(
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