YEAH ME!!! This is the first time I've really gotten to participate in the Throwback Thursday of the Blogging world... Prior to this week, my blog postings were very sporadic. What a difference a year makes!
So for my first Throwback Thursday I'm revisiting the post where the kids and I went out to view the partial solar eclipse, Being able to see these old posts and make them better is such a great way to see how far along my blogging has come. Plus, I loved the Back to the Future looking logo, which is perfect considering yesterday was Back to the Future day :)
Today we decided to just take the day off from doing our normal bookwork, as we had a fun activity planned for the kids. There was a partial solar eclipse that was viewable from our lil corner of the world so we took the opportunity to check it out.
|Finding the Moon on Stellarium|
|Watching the progression of the Moon|
As said, this was merely a partial eclipse for our area and totality was not able to be seen. All in all, about 1/3 of the sun was blocked which was not enough to notice any difference outside as it was an exceptionally bright day. However, it provided just enough for the kids to observe and get an understanding of what occurs during an eclipse of the sun.
However, on Monday, August 21st of 2017 a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States, the first total solar eclipse visible here in the last 26 years. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun's disk. Our family has already been making plans to attend a viewing
party within the viewing corridor which arches across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Those in this corridor will be in the shadow and will be able to see one of the greatest solar phenomenons known as Baily's Beads, also known as the "Diamond Ring Effect". These are caused by the sunlight still being able to reach the Earth through the lunar valleys. Those outside the viewing corridor will still be able to see the eclipse but unfortunately, they will only see it as a partial eclipse. Regardless where in the United States you wil be at that time, it will still prove worth watching :)
|Shadow Corridor for Solar Eclipse 2017|
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