The Rare Natural Phenomenon In Arizona That Will Go Down In History
Have you heard? Next month, some parts of the country will see night during the day in one epic astronomical event. No, really!
On August 21, 2017, all of North America will be able to witness a solar eclipse taking place, with some areas experiencing a total eclipse. This occurs when the moon blocks the sun when passing between it and the Earth.
However, we won’t be seeing a total solar eclipse here in Arizona. The closest we’ll get is 78% near the Four Corners Monument. You can find details about how complete the eclipse will be in your neck of the woods by
visiting the NASA website
Here’s a fun fact. Did you know Arizona hasn’t seen a total solar eclipse since June 16, 1806? The next one in the state won’t happen in our lifetime; it’s slated to occur July 17, 2205. In the meantime, partial solar eclipses happen every few years, with the next one taking place in
When the eclipse occurs, stay safe! Looking at the sun is unsafe, even when it is partially blocked during an eclipse. Use a special, undamaged solar filter, like the one depicted above, to safely view the eclipse.
You can find details about safely viewing the eclipse on the
If you don't have access to these viewing devices, you'll still be able to see the eclipse in other ways. For example, the shadows from trees will create this incredible effect.
You can also try a pinhole projection, which will prevent you from looking at the sun. Prick a tiny hole into a card and let it cast a shadow onto another surface during the eclipse. You will see a small crescent appear as the eclipse occurs.
You can find more information about the Great American Solar Eclipse by
visiting this website or the NASA website. Have fun and stay safe!
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