Great American Eclipse, Monday, August 21
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Most of the country will only see a partial eclipse but for one minute, 49 seconds this summer, Albany residents and visitors will be treated to a total solar eclipse. Millions of people are expected across the country to view the eclipse from sites located within the path of totality like Albany.
Partial eclipse begins
9:05:05 a.m. PDT
Total eclipse begins
10:17:05 a.m. PDT
Total eclipse ends
10:18:54 a.m. PDT
Partial eclipse ends
11:37:43 a.m. PDT
Links to more information
- Albany Visitors Association
- NASA's 2017 Eclipse page
- "The best places to see this summer's 'Great American Total Solar Eclipse," LA Times, March 19, 2017
About a total eclipse
"This rare cosmic occurrence will turn the summer day dark, reveal stars in the daytime sky, and move the black disk of the moon to where the sun should be."-LA Times
According to NASA, an eclipse occurs "when one heavenly body such as a moon or planet moves into the shadow of another heavenly body." With a total solar eclipse, "the sun, moon and Earth must be in a direct line ... The people who see the total eclipse are in the center of the moon's shadow when it hits Earth."
A small portion of the sun's top layer, called the corona, will still be viewable during the eclipse, and NASA and other scientists use total eclipses as an opportunity to study the corona itself.
Stay tuned for more information from the City of Albany on this year's eclipse.
Safely viewing the eclipse
You can view the eclipse safely, but it is vital that you protect your eyes at all times with the proper solar filters.
There are key rules for safely viewing solar eclipses:
- Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
- Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.
- If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.
- See also: https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/eclipse-viewing/ or https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety