On Monday, August 21st the 2017 solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States. NASA expects ~81.5% obscurity of the sun here in Pensacola at around 1:35pm! This celestial show where the sun and moon align in a solar eclipse is a rare astronomical event and there are several viewing parties planned in Pensacola. It’s been nearly a century since a total solar eclipse transited the entire North American continent on June 8, 1918, and the next partial eclipse event will occur on August 12, 2045.
To watch safely you can use special eclipse glasses or the simplest and cheapest method is to make a pinhole projector. Simply use a pencil to make a small, smooth hole in a sheet of paper. With your back to the sun, hold the paper up to the sunlight, and let light shine through the hole and hit a second sheet of paper. You’ll see an image of the sun as the moon moves across it, projected onto the second sheet. Be sure you don’t look directly at the sun as it can permanently damage the retinas in your eyes. Don’t use sunglasses, an unfiltered camera, telescope or binoculars.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
Photo Credit: GreatAmericanEclipse.com