Skywatch: Solar obscure will be a speak of many towns opposite a US

It’s been 38 years given a sum solar obscure overwhelmed any of a consistent 48 states and 26 years given solar assemblage changed by Hawaii. In 3 weeks, a moon cuts in front of the sun, and there will be a sum solar eclipse, with an approximately 70-mile-wide, proxy rope of shade creation a approach from Oregon to Missouri to South Carolina on Aug. 21. Easily, it will be a speak of many towns.


For Washington, this eventuality will be a prejudiced eclipse, with 81 percent of a object obscured, according to a U.S. Naval Observatory. The obscure starts during 1:17 p.m. Eastern, and a center of a obscure occurs during 2:42 p.m. It all ends during 4:01 p.m. For Baltimore, a obscure starts a notation after than in Washington.

Many places will be in a trail of a obscure shadow. In Charleston, S.C., a city within a solar assemblage band, a obscure starts during 1:16 p.m. Totality starts during 2:46 p.m. and ends only bashful of 2:48 p.m. The prejudiced obscure there ends during 4:09 p.m.

Music City — Nashville — will intersect harmonically to watch as a obscure starts during 11:58 a.m. Central, a internal time. Totality lasts roughly dual minutes, from 1:27 p.m. to 1:29 p.m., and it all ends during 2:54 p.m.

Web resources for obscure information are abundant. Obtain sum and find maps during greatamericaneclipse.com and NASA’s eclipse2017.nasa.gov. For any city or city in a United States, a Naval Observatory provides internal obscure resources during goo.gl/ekVciJ.

Mind your eyes. Do not demeanour during a object if it is not 100 percent covered. Do not demeanour during it by binoculars or telescopes though correct filters, as we could go blind instantly. Protect your eyes: eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

Eclipse events for Aug. 21

●See a obscure safely by solar-filtered telescopes giveaway during a Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, outward nearby a National Air and Space Museum on a Mall and during a museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Va. (Parking during a Udvar-Hazy Center is $15.) ­1-4 p.m. airandspace.si.edu. (Other observation locations will be a National Archives, a National Zoo and other locations nearby a Mall.)

●The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum presents a sum solar eclipse, live from a trail of assemblage online during s.si.edu/2v3X10D, 1:30-2:30 p.m. It is hosted by a STEM in 30 team.

●Slooh.com — an astronomical eventuality broadcaster — will webcast a Transcontinental Eclipse starting during noon Eastern.

●See a obscure live tide during CNN.com/eclipse, with a 360-degree video in high fortitude and practical reality. This is presented in partnership with Volvo Car USA.

●The San Francisco-based Exploratorium offers a giveaway obscure app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Check out a Web page during bit.ly/2v3PteE. It offers a live tide and glorious detail.

The hulk gaseous Jupiter spends Aug in a west-southwestern sky after sunset, as it is utterly manifest during -1.8 magnitude, really bright. For several months, the star Spica has been a large planet’s consistent vast companion. Days after a solar eclipse, a slim crescent of a really immature moon scoots by Jupiter on a evenings of Aug. 24 and 25.

Saturn (zero magnitude, bright) stands high in a south after nightfall now. Catch a waxing moon slip by a ringed world on a dusk of Aug. 2.

Mars continues to hang out tighten to a sun, so we can’t find a red neighbor. It earnings to a morning sky in September.

Venus reigns over a morning heavens in late summer. This disastrous fourth bulk (exceptionally bright) world beams brilliantly before morning in a east-northeast. The skinny, aged loss moon slings past Venus on a mornings of Aug. 18 and 19.

The moon dips into Earth’s dim shade Aug. 7 for a prejudiced lunar obscure manifest in Asia, Africa and Australia.

The Perseid meteor showering — over a weekend of Aug. 11-13 — will contest with a bright, loss gibbous moon, only days past full. The moon is expected to rinse out all though a brightest sharpened stars. The central rise is likely for Sept. 12, according to a Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. If we indicate a night skies patiently, we competence see maybe a few meteors.

Down to Earth events:

Aug. 5 — “Solar Eclipse 2017: What to Expect Here in Maryland,” a speak by astronomer Elizabeth Warner, during a University of Maryland Observatory, College Park. Enjoy a night sky by telescopes afterward, continue permitting. 9 p.m. astro.umd.edu/openhouse

Aug. 7 — Get a hide preview of August’s sparkling sky during a “Stars Tonight” display during a David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington, adjacent to Washington-Lee High School. 7:30 p.m. $3. friendsoftheplanetarium.org

Aug. 12 — “Exploring a Sky,” hosted by a National Park Service and a National Capital Astronomers, during Rock Creek Park, nearby a Nature Center, in a margin south of Military and Glover roads NW. 8:30 p.m. capitalastronomers.org


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