July 17, 2017
Ocracoke will have a ringside seat to see
almost all of a total solar eclipse Aug. 21
The Ocracoke Observer
the “Great American total eclipse of the sun” occurs on Aug. 21,
Ocracoke will have a ringside seat to view it almost in its entirety.
to news sources, barring a cover of clouds, the eclipse will be visible
over a small portion of western North Carolina beginning at 2:33 p.m.
As it continues onward to South Carolina, those on the
Outer Banks will be able to see it a 0.9 magnitude, which is a partial
eclipse of about 90 percent or more, between about 2:41 and 2:45 p.m.
North Carolina counties in the path of totality include Cherokee, Graham, Swain, Clay, Macon, Jackson and Transylvania.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets in the way of the sun, turning day to a brief twilight.
The eclipse path will take around an hour and a half to sweep across the United States along a 70-mile-wide path.
first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Ore., at 9:05 a.m.
PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT. Over the next
hour and a half, it will cross through 12 states and will end near
Charleston, S.C., at 2:48 p.m. EDT. From there, the lunar shadow
finally leaves the U.S. at 4:09 p.m. EDT.
At any given location, the total eclipse will last for about two and half minutes.
of a sudden, you see a 360-degree sunset all around you,” said Lika
Guhathakurta, lead scientist for the Living With a Star program at NASA
Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as reported on space.com. “Stars appear. The temperature drops. You can actually hear chirping of grasshoppers.”
area around Carbondale, Illinois, will get the most protracted view at
2 minutes and 40 seconds, according to information from NASA.
Aug. 21 event will be the first-ever solar eclipse whose path of
totality hits no country other than the United States. The last
one to meet this geographical standard occurred before the nation
gained its independence in 1776.
All are cautioned to never look
directly at the sun with your unaided eye. NASA said the only safe way
to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through
special-purpose solar filters for telescopes, “eclipse glasses,” which
are now available from many locations, or welder’s goggles rated at 14
or higher. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very
dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. For more information, click here.
people can create pinhole projectors with two pieces of cardboard: One
card should have a small hole punched in it, while the other card
The light through the card with the hole can then
be projected onto the blank card, allowing a solar eclipse or large
sunspots to be seen. (See graphic below.)
The total solar
eclipse of 1970 also crossed over the United States. Also known as the
“eclipse of the century,” it ran along nearly the entire East Coast.
For more information, visit greatAmericaneclipse.com.