“On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse,” says NASA.Gov.
Dr. Rich Clark, chair of earth sciences at Millersville University will be leading a party of 12 meteorology students to “a point south, which has yet to be determined. Actually, we won’t make that decision until Saturday or Sunday morning to better guarantee sunny conditions,” says Clark.
Clark’s students will be “taking over” the social media accounts for the University, posting photos, their observations and thoughts on the event where the moon will completely cover the sun.
While Pennsylvania isn’t in the direct path of the eclipse, viewers in the Keystone State will still see a partial solar eclipse. NASA has tips for viewing the eclipse safely and warns that looking directly at the sun is unsafe. “The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.” NASA has a list of safe filters and viewers at: https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.
The Millersville students will be using #14 welder’s glass.
Make sure to follow Millersville’s Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook accounts, at MillersvilleU, on August 21 for coverage of the total eclipse.