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How to Predict the Next Eclipse / When is the Next Eclipse?

How rare is a total solar eclipse?  That is not an easy question to answer, especially when pinpointing the next total solar eclipse in a particular place.  When one looks at a map of a series of solar eclipses over any 100 year period, they appear to be a completely random event.  Some are partial […]

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Viewing the Total Eclipse: Direct Methods

In our last post we took a look at methods to project an image of the sun and observing it indirectly.  These options are the safest for viewing the sun and lend themselves well to group observation.  The majority of eclipse chasers, however, will use films and glasses specifically designed for safe direct solar observation. Direct […]

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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: Roaming the Land of the Ancients

I usually imagine ancient peoples confronted by a total solar eclipse as going completely off their rockers, sacrificing away to appease their angry deities who just upended their world.  The tattooed priest with the gnarly ear spools and nose bones from Apocalypto usually comes to mind, holding up the heart of his sacrifice as the eclipse drives the […]

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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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