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Viewing the Total Eclipse: Indirect Methods

There are several ways to safely view the sun during the eclipse, as an individual or in a group.  Before we delve into those options we need to state the rule that is never to be broken, or even bent.  NEVER look at the sun directly without proper eye protection.  Directly includes binoculars, cameras, telescopes […]

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Heart of Darkness

Many states and towns lay claim to being the best spot from which to view the August 21st eclipse.  The true heart of darkness, however, lies in southern Illinois and western Kentucky where the points of maximum duration and greatest eclipse are located. Maximum duration is self explanatory and is marked by a point about six […]

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Got Plans?

If not, you may want to start formulating some. In the past few weeks I have interacted with hundreds of folks at home shows in Des Moines, Nashville, St. Louis and Kansas City regarding their plans for the Big Show.  I have heard tales of extended families descending on their homes near the Central Line, organized […]

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Da Cosmic Mojo

  We already know about the first condition of Da Cosmic Mojo to be met in order for a total solar eclipse to be possible – our moon must be a New Moon.  In this post we will explore the other two requirements that make a total solar eclipse certain, somewhere on our planet, on some particular date. […]

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse: I’m Being Follow By A Moon Shadow

  On Monday, August 21st, 2017 all of Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America will fall under the moon’s penumbral shadow.  Anyone in this hemispheric swath of land gazing up at the sun, with their Scopedawg Optics solar safety glasses on of course, will see a partial solar eclipse.  Only those within the sixty five […]

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse: What’s The Big Deal?

  A fair question.  Who among us has not been underwhelmed by an overhyped astronomical “event”?  Perhaps it was one of the “comets of the century”, with really long names you couldn’t pronounce, that wander our way every few years but fizzle out or get ripped to shreds by a close encounter with our star.  […]

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