Please join me on the G quad to check out the solar eclipse Monday during break! We have cool glasses you can wear to safely look at the sun.
• Locally: ~9am - 11:30 am; about 75% coverage of the Sun at the peak
• Solar eclipses are when the orbit of the Moon takes it directly between the Earth and Sun.
• Although the moon is much smaller than the Sun, it is much closer to Earth, so its shadow covers the Sun.
• Total solar eclipses happen every year, but we miss most of them (all that ocean!)
• This is the first solar eclipse over the continental United States since 1979 (and the first to run across the entire country since 1918).
• So what? scientists will use the very short window of time of total coverage to study the solar corona and the atmosphere
• What would be the arrangement of Earth, Moon, Sun in a lunar eclipse?
More on eclipses, including some citizen science opportunities at the NYT