People all over are preparing for what astronomers are calling The Great American Eclipse. The Eclipse of 2017 will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017 and most folks don’t know what to expect. This sort of a historical event has not occurred in over 99 years and sky watchers, photographers and enthusiasts are preparing in every way possible.
Parties and events will be hosted all over New York City, including museums, planetariums, roof tops, neighborhood pubs and bars to say the least. The streets will be busy and filled with tourists, locals and photographers. Literally every person in this country is trying to be a part of this once in a lifetime event most will probably never experience again.
According to space.com, sky watchers along a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see skies darken during the total solar eclipse. But the rest of the U.S. will still have a pretty cool view of this astronomical event using solar eclipse glasses or some type of pinhole projector as long as the weather is clear, we’re all get a decent view.
Space.com advises its readers to be ready because this amazing occurrence of the solar eclipse will be visible in New York City and the people waiting patiently and preparing in their own way. New Yorkers will also be able to enjoy partial total eclipse as once seen in Queens in 2013.
Timeanddate.com has displayed a timeline of when New York will be able to see this momentous event. The duration of the eclipse will be approximately 2 hours and 37 minutes. New York City will see the partial eclipse which will begin at 1:23 p.m. This is when the moon first appears to touch the sun in the sky. At about 2:44 p.m, the moon will cover approximately 72 percent of the sun’s surface as the partial eclipse reaches its maximum and the eclipse will end at 4 p.m.
Many people especially the younger generation have never witnessed a total or even partial solar eclipse and are not sure what to expect. Just like in movies, most are probably expecting the sky to become completely black. Unless you’re vising your friends or family or Oregon or South Carolina you’ll only see the partial view.
Don’t be completely disappointed. Although the skies won’t darken beneath a partial eclipse in the same way that total solar eclipses briefly turn day into night, those who are paying attention may still notice some environmental changes during the partial eclipse.
Experts are warning everyone to watch out for odd behaviors from other individuals as well as their pets. In New York, strange behaviors are normal, so we’re a little confused as to what the experts mean by strange behavior. This is just a bit of humor on my part or perhaps the effects of the solar eclipse that will take place on Monday.
There’s not much time left, so get your total eclipse glasses and celebrate this extraordinary event with style. There have been claims about fake glasses being sold so be smart and look around for a place that is trustworthy. Never look directly at the sun or major damage will be caused to your eyes, including blindness.
By: Ida L.
Image: Chris Cook Photography https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131104.html