Solar eclipse on August 21 will affect PV plants across USA

12 August, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Becky Perry
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Iowans are being warned to use only certified glasses for watching the solar eclipse later this month.

While a last-minute rush has left many dealers out of stock two weeks before the big day, the good news is that USA astronomy buffs have to wait only seven more years for the next total solar eclipse over North America, in April 2024. The Feb. 26, 1979, solar eclipse had a different path and thicker swath across the U.S. While it started in OR and passed through North Dakota, it went northeast across Canada.

For us here in Kern County, we'll see the moon dip over the top of the sun starting at 9:04 a.m.

If solar power and the solar eclipse becomes an issue anywhere, it will be North Carolina, where the eclipse will hit during the evening just as people start to come home and switch on their lights. Well NASA has calculated that "the next annular solar eclipse that can be seen in the continental United States will be on October 14, 2023 which will be visible from Northern California to Florida". The Mayborn Science Theater will host a special viewing of the total solar eclipse August 21. This is why, despite the size difference, the moon appears to completely cover the sun during a total solar eclipse. There are at least 12 million people who live within the described path of the event.

You can now take off your eye protection and look at the eclipsed sun because, at this point, daylight has faded into night.

The total solar eclipse will have some imperceptible effects, such as the sudden loss of extreme ultraviolet radiation from the Sun, which generates the ionised layer of Earth's atmosphere, called the ionosphere. The deepest part of the eclipse will be at 2:25 p.m. when just shy of 90 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon.

Solar eclipse on August 21 will affect PV plants across USA
Solar eclipse on August 21 will affect PV plants across USA

Cal State Fullerton astronomers don't want the public to be left in the dark during the much-anticipated "Great American Eclipse" on Monday, Aug. 21.

Getting the chance to watch a solar eclipse is incredible but could also do serious damage to a person's eyes when he or she is not using the proper equipment.

Usually, the moon's shadow misses the Earth because the moon's orbit is on a 5-degree tilt compared with the earth's orbit. This is a rare Earth event. Also, pinhole cameras can be used to shield your eyes from the sun.

Viewing the full total eclipse is offered inside the dome theater from a NASA feed.

The Moon's formation 4.5 billion years ago, it would've been 23,000 km from earth, so eclipses would have been a more regular occurrence.

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