K Kristie Severn

Solar Eclipse

Aug 6, 2017

So this week’s topic doesn’t have anything to do with Mason Jars, but how could I not talk about the total solar eclipse happening this month? The only tie-in I could think of was that we do carry Mason Jar solar lights that you can find here. But other than that, this is just a blog post about the solar eclipse because we’re really excited about it!

Here are some fun facts about the solar eclipse and resources. If you’d like to know more, go to Astronomy Magazine’s website for the full list of fun facts.

  • The total solar eclipse will happen on August 21st, 2017
  • This will be the first total solar eclipse in 38 years
  • A solar eclipse is a lineup of the sun, moon, and earth
  • A solar eclipse happens at New Moon
  • Everyone in the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse.
  • First contact of the solar eclipse will be in Oregon
  • This eclipse will be THE most viewed
  • The city with the best and longest view is Nashville. Below is a list of some other cities that have some decent views. So some of us will get a decent look at this pretty big solar event.

One fact to also remember is the importance of protective eyewear when viewing the total solar eclipse, so make sure and check out different sites that list appropriate eyewear. NASA has the following guidelines listed on their site:

  • Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
  • Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product
  • Not be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses
  • Not to be used with homemade filters or be substituted for with ordinary sunglasses — not even very dark ones — because they are not safe for looking directly at the Sun

And they have verified these five manufacturers as credible: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only), Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

Click here for the full description and list.

Here are some other resources for this rare celestial event happening in just a few weeks.

Eclipse 2017 Website

More Nasa resources can be found here.

“Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.” -Victor Hugo

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