Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Every Now and Then: Total Eclipse of the Sun

We're less than a week away from the total solar eclipse that will make its way across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. It seems that everyone is getting in on the fun. For instance, the most recent XKCD:

Sky and Telescope provides this list of apps to use the day of the eclipse.

Unfortunately, some companies are taking advantage of the eclipse frenzy by selling counterfeit glasses - glasses that fail to comply with the proper standards. Amazon has been issuing refunds to people who purchased glasses that may not meet the proper standards. The American Astronomical Society published this list of reputable vendors.

I plan to watch the eclipse from St. Joseph, MO, which is close to where I grew up in Kansas City, KS. (I even applied for and almost accepted a job in St. Jo back in 2010, but opted to work for the VA instead.)

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