By Sally Tippett Rains

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SAFELY WATCHING THE ECLIPSE:

This video is by A.J. Fillo, quoted in the story, below.


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ORIGINAL STORY:

They say the Kentucky Derby is the fastest two minutes in sports. Well it might be said the August 21st total solar eclipse will be the fastest time in science. For the first time in 148 years (Aug. 7, 1869) a total solar eclipse will come to Missouri.

With a little planning anyone in the United States can experience the passing of the Moon across the sun, causing at it's best viewing sites total darkness over the Sun-- called totality.

If you are in the St. Louis area you will need to plan on where you will watch it and be sure to get eye protection. There are other parts of the United States that will experience totality (total darkness) and if you are no where near the viewing areas and you want to see this amazing event, you will need to plan your trip to an area where it is visible.

According to the website Ecipse2017.org one thing you will not want to do when watching the eclipse is bring your pets. 

"Animals will be scared senseless by the eclipse," says the website. "and you will want to be enjoying it instead of trying to calm your crazed critters." 

Explaining a Total Solar Eclipse in Easy To Understand Terms

A solar eclipse is basically the Moon is passing in front of the Sun. The Moon is much smaller than the Sun, but it’s also much closer to the Earth. As the moon goes around the Earth, sometimes it passes in front of the Sun, as we see it from here. This makes a shadow that passes across the Earth, just like the shadow that you make on a wall, when you walk across a room that is lit by a lamp. But by an amazing coincidence, the Moon and the Sun appear to be almost exactly the same size in the sky as we see them. In reality the Sun is vastly larger, but it is also much farther away. So when all three bodies line up in a straight line, there is a shadow that passes across the Earth, where the light from the Sun is being blocked by the Moon.  

Here is an example of the stages of the solar eclipse.

 

Photo courtesy NASA; photo credit: Romeo Durscher

Why are people flocking to St. Louis to see the eclipse? Ed Rains, the brother of STLSportsPage.com editor Rob Rains-- and consultant for NASA in Houston has been planning his trip to St. Louis for about a year.

"I picked St. Louis primarily because I have family and friends there," Ed Rains said. "I studied Astronomy in college, and I’ve known all about eclipses all my life, but I’ve never seen a total solar eclipse before. So when I read that the path of totality for this one included St. Louis, I knew I had to see it".

Where in the USA is the Best Place To See the Eclipse?

The whole continent  of North America will experience a partial eclipse lasting two to three hours. Halfway through the event, anyone within a 60 to 70 mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a total eclipse. 

Because the skies are more likely to be clear in the western US, many people who are traveling a long way to see the eclipse are planning on going to western viewing sites.

The zone where the light from the Sun is completely blocked by the Moon is actually pretty narrow, and that's called the path of totality (shown in the photo, courtesy NASA), and it’s only about 70 miles wide-- and runs right through parts of St. Louis. 

On the day of the eclipse, most people within the US will be able to see at least a partial eclipse.

"But only within the narrow path of totality will the two circles align perfectly," said Ed Rains. "There the Sun’s light will be completely blocked, and it will get completely dark, just like it does at night--but only for a few minutes."

Rains says that for each solar eclipse, the narrow path of totality follows a different track across the surface of the Earth.  

"It’s never exactly the same track, because the Moon’s and Earth’s orbits don’t align exactly, and the Earth is rotating (turning) underneath all this at the same time," he said. "The path of totality for this solar eclipse starts in Oregon, passes across the middle of Missouri, and ends in South Carolina. In Missouri, the narrow path of totality includes the northern part of Kansas City, and the southern half of St. Louis."

For more information on the duration of the eclipse in these cities, visit Space.com. (Info courtesy Space.com)

Oregon will be the first U.S. state to experience totality in this eclipse. In the chart above, S. County stands for South County, St. Louis, Mo. 

 Science enthusiast A.J. Fillo, whose father Kevin Fillo grew up in St. Louis will be watching it in Corvallis, Oregon. The younger Fillo is a Ph.D. Candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Oregon State University  (OSU).

"I'm extremely excited about this eclipse," said Fillo. "Corvallis is right in the path of totality and there are over 100,000 people coming into town that day and over 1,000,000 coming into Oregon," he said. "I will be watching the eclipse with friends near OSU, and it should be a good show from that viewpoint."

The eclipse is such a big deal that bakeries are creating "eclipse cookies." Federhofer's on Gravois has a giant sun burst cookie and Lubelies on Watson has  black and white eclipse cookies.

St. Louis singer/songwriter Randy Mayfield has even written and song and produced a video about the eclipse.

When will the total solar eclipse occur, and how long will it last?

Keeping it all in the family, Rob Rains will be communicating with his son B.J. Rains, Sports Writer for the Idaho Press Tribune in Boise, Idaho. Boise is also a big watch area as it is near Idaho Falls. They are expecting large crowds to come to Boise also.

These graphics show the most eclipsed parts of the country. Many people are flocking to Boise, Idaho as there is an area very near there that will be perfect to experience the totality.

For a complete list of states and cities in them in regards to the eclipse check out Eclipse2017.

Best Places To Watch it in Missouri
"The best place to view the eclipse is close to the center line which will have the longest duration," said Cook Feldman of the St. Louis Astronomical Society, who is on the Eclipse Task Force.  "These are locations south of the St. Louis area albeit parts of St. Louis county will be in the path of totality but with shorter duration. We have more information on our website 

The St. Louis Astronomical Society has 160 members who meet on the third Friday of each month at Washington University and hold a number of other events each month. They have been working for several years in preparation for the eclipse. 

"We are not hosting an official event," said Don Ficken, St. Louis Eclipse Task Force, Chairman and member of the Astronomical Society. " Members will be spread out amongst the community assisting in outreach or with family and friends. The excitement level is really building. We are involved in a number of outreach events each week and the rooms are full of people, often will people on the waiting list."

Within the path of totality, the duration of complete darkness depends on how close you are to the centerline of the path. The maximum duration of darkness, around 2.5 minutes, occurs right along the centerline of the path. The duration of totality gets shorter as you go north or south away from the centerline. 

As an example of this, Ed Rains, the NASA consultant explained why he will not be watching the eclipse at his brother's house in Affton, (St. Louis, Mo.)

"The Rains household in St. Louis will experience around 1.5 minutes of totality," he said.  "But you only have to travel a few miles outside of St. Louis (to the south) to get to the centerline, and experience the full 2.5 minutes."

As far as the St. Louis area is concerned, depending on who you talk to, some will be going West on highway 44 and some will be going South on 55.

"From the most recent information I heard, the closest place to view a total eclipse is by going south on I-55 near Jefferson Barracks," said Bobby Hughes, science teacher in the Hazelwood District. 

Jefferson Barracks Park is holding a big eclipse watch event.

"My first selected location  (to watch the eclipse) is at a friend’s farm that is between Union and St. Clair (which is off I-44 in Franklin County).," said Feldman. "From that location I will see two minutes and 38.9 seconds of totality. The maximum duration in our area is 2 minutes and 40 seconds."

The City of St. Clair  will be hosting events all week. The midline of the eclipse goes through their town, for just over two minutes and 40 seconds of totality, one of the longest times along the path.

Hughes has a lot planned with the students with whom he will be watching it.

"I am very excited about the eclipse,"  said Hughes."The last time something like this happened was back in the 1990’s and that was a partial eclipse. I have three daughter who have never experienced a solar eclipse, so I can’t wait to hear what they will say about it. I just hope the weather holds up that day."

Ste. Genevieve is also on the ‘centerline’ of the path of totality for the 2017 solar eclipse and they have events planned.

What if it Rains?


While the eclipse itself can be predicted with great confidence and precision, there’s no way to predict in advance, what the weather will be that day. If the sky is clear, totality will feature spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime views of the solar corona, the Sun’s hot outer atmosphere, which normally can't be seen because of the glare from the rest of the Sun, which is much brighter. If the weather happens to be cloudy, it will still get dark for a few minutes, but you won’t be able to see the stars come out, or the solar corona.

Eye Protection

"Eye protection during the eclipse is very important," reminds Ed Rains.  "As totality approaches and more and more of the sun gets covered by the moon, it will be tempting to look at the sun. In spite of the fact that it is starting to get dark outside, the smaller slivers of the sun that are still visible around the edge of the moon are still at full brightness. Those tiny points of light around the edge of the moon can still damage your eyes if you stare at them for very long."

STLSportsPage.com is giving away Eclipse Glasses and if you email us your name and address we will mail them to you. Supplies are limited so to get in on this offer, do it today while there is time to mail them out. We chose to get our glasses from the High Point Science Company which sells telescopes and other science items, rather than a promotional company, as the safety aspect was important for us with our readers. 

According to the company:  "Our glasses conform to and meet the Transmission Requirements of ISO-12312-2 Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun. They also meet the Transmission Requirements of EN 1836-2005 + A1 2007 (E) for an E115 Filter for the Direct Observation of the Sun, as well as the Transmission Requirements of AS/NZ5 1338-12012, Filter for Eye Protector, EC Type Examination by: SAl Global Assurance Services Ltd. (Notified body No. NB2056)."

The High Point Scientific Company is listed as a recommended vendor by the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

How to View the Sun with Solar Eclipse Glasses


According to the High Point Science Company, you should turn your body towards the direction of the Sun unless it is high overhead, in which case, it doesn't matter which direction you turn.

Put the Solar Glasses on, and make sure both earpieces are tucked behind your ears securely. If your hair is long, make sure it lays over the earpiece, not under it.

Once your eclipse glasses are secure, look up at the Sun. Keep in mind that you will see NOTHING until the Sun hits the "lens" portion of your glasses.

"Do NOT 'peek' outside your glasses if you do not see the Sun right away," warns the company on their website  Sometimes this takes a little practice, but you will find the Sun,  You must not look at the Sun, even for a second, without the protection of your solar glasses!"

Disclaimer on STLSportsPage.com discussing eclipse and giving away the glasses. Basically you are using them at your own risk and we are not endorsing them. By way of accepting and using the High Point Scientific Eclipse Glasses supplied by STLSportsPage.com or Rainbows for Kids, and reading this article on STLSportsPage.com you are irrevocably releasing, indemnifying, and holding harmless the manufacturer and STLSportsPage.com and persons associated with it from any liability, loss, claim and expense (including attorney's fees), including but not limited to bodily injury or other personal harm, which may result from using the High Point Scientific Eclipse Glasses. 

Enjoy the Eclipse Without Looking Up

There are many shut-ins who are interested in the eclipse and there are others who aren't shut-ins but who would prefer not to look up at it. You can still experience the eclipse by going out side and seeing it gradually grow dark and in certain areas, full darkness, then gradually getting light. The television stations will show it so don't feel bad if you are reluctant or unable to get outside and look up. The 2017 eclipse will be an amazing event and everyone should enjoy it in the manner that is best for them. 

Using a Pin-hole Camera to Watch the Eclipse

A.J. Fillo has produced a video as part of his You Tube science channel Lib Lab (Library Laboratory). It is worth the watch for an entertaining explantation of the eclipse and he tells how to make a pin-hole camera which would be fun to make with a child.

"My main interest is in solar radiation," said Fillo, who has a St. Louis connection as his father Kevin Fillo grew up there and attended Kirkwood High School and A.J. Fillo attended the University of Missouri-Columbia.,  "As a researcher I use radiation based measurement techniques in my research, so I love learning more about cool radiation phenomena. Typically we can't see much detail in the sun and we can't look directly at it, but the eclipse will give us a rare glimpse of some very cool phenomenon. For example, during totality, and only durning totality, we will be able to observe the eclipse with the naked eye, during that time you can see the suns corona which is normally not visible without a coronagraph. Before and after totality make sure to use specialty eye protection." (kids, don't try this at home- he is a skilled scientist, see disclosures below)

A Cool App to Get For The Eclipse

There are many science-types who are excited about the eclipse but none more excited than Alabama plastic surgeon Gordon Telepun. If there ever was an expert on eclipses, he would be one because a hobby of his is chasing eclipses all over the world. He has actually seen three solar eclipses overseas. 

"I have seen two in Africa (Zambia and Zimbabwe) and another on a Mediterranean Cruise," said Dr. Telepun. "The one after this is in 2019 and will hit the coast of Chile, South America. I plan to go to it.When you have seen one, you get hooked.

In 2001 he developed the first dedicated solar eclipse timing program and has  re-released that as an app for the 2017 eclipse. 

The App is called Solar Eclipse Timer and Telepun claims "it is the Most User-Friendly Eclipse Timing App Available." 

 The app is easy to set up.  It's billed as the only "talking" solar eclipse timer available.  Looking at it, the app seems like it would be fun for first-time eclipse observers, but it is sophisticated enough for expert eclipse chasers. 

"The thing that is unique about the app, is that is 'talks' to you out loud," Dr. Telepun (shown right getting his camera set up for an eclipse)  told STLSportsPage.com.  "It counts down the timing to the four contact times."

Using the app can help you keep your mind on what you are doing. It is only happening for such a short time and the app can help you keep from getting distracted and missing something you might have liked to have observed.

To download the app for Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/solar-eclipse-timer/id1203105865?mt=8

To download the app on Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxwoodastronomy.solareclipsetimer

Telepun has some fascinating things on his website.

Odd Things  Happen During a Solar Eclipse

Animals could go crazy because they get confused with the sudden darkness at the wrong time of the day. 

"Animals think night is coming," said Dr. Telepun. "The most common observation for people is hearing crickets going crazy. But chickens will go back to roost. The say that grazing animals stop feeding and bees stop flying. My app warns to look for this at eight minutes before totality when it starts getting dark enough that the animals sense the lighting change."

Nancy Roth, a veterinarian who owns Cedar Lane Equine Clinic in  and is on staff at Webster Groves Veterinary Clinic is unsure what to expect from the event because of the rarity.

"I'm not really sure how pets will react especially since the phenomenon only lasts a few minutes," she said. "I think some of the animals with storm phobias might get a little anxious when the sky starts darkening."

If you think your pet will be afraid you might want to keep them inside so they won't experience it as much. On the question of the animals looking at the sun and going blind, she does not think it will be a problem.

"I don't think any of them will stare at the sun long enough to hurt their eyes," she said. At her clinic she sees a lot of horses.

"I remember experiencing a (partial) solar eclipse in the Chicago area 20 something years ago," she said. " I was at a horse barn. It wasn't a total eclipse, but it got very dusky. The horses didn't seem affected by it at all."

Another phenomenon that will happen during the eclipse  that Telepun notes is about 30 minutes before totality the temperature drops. He has more about this on his website.

Telepani is interviewed in this video by Destin Sandlin of Smarter Every Day educational videos on You Tube.

What are the schools doing about the eclipse?

Bobby Hughes, the Hazelwood science teacher said they have big plans.

"My district created a task force to design lessons for the day of the eclipse," he said.  "The goals were to create lessons and design activities that could be done on the day of the activity in all content areas. They activities will include with the students going outside to view the eclipse using glasses purchased by the district."

He is looking forward to being with the students that day.

"I am planning to teach a lesson on the science behind the eclipse," Hughes told STLSportsPage.com. "The class will be going over the difference between an eclipse and a new moon. Also, we will be conducting an experiment to see if animals behave differently during a solar eclipse. There is a small nature area next to my school that contain insects like crickets. We will see if the crickets will call more during a solar eclipse."

The St. Louis Astronomical Society plans to help some of the school children in St. Louis be able to safely watch the ecllipse.

"Our latest project related to the eclipse is, through donations, to underwrite purchasing and distributing 100,000 eclipse glasses to underfunded schools and school districts if they meet certain criteria," said Cook Feldman. "Priority will be given to schools with the greatest percent of free and reduced lunch students and/or the lowest amount of per pupil expenditures."

There are some school districts, including Edwardsville, Ill who will be cancelling class. St. Claire R-13 Schools are also calling classes off. Saint Louis University High School is another school that will be closed on the day of the eclipse.

Lindbergh,  Francis Howell, Affton, and other districts have stated that they will be holding school but those open will be doing special things related to the eclipse.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our school to celebrate this unique experience and to turn it into an exciting day of learning for our students," said Eric Cochran, principal of Lindbergh High School. "Our staff made the decision last spring that they wanted to dedicate the entire day to activities surrounding the eclipse."

Cochran said the high school will have rotation throughout the day that allows students to create viewing devices, study myths and legends associated with lunar activity, and explore the scientific and mathematical explanation for this phenomenon. In addition, every student will be offered the chance to view the eclipse from the football stadium with special viewing glasses provided by the district.

"This is one of the most exciting educational opportunities I have encountered during my 20 years in the district," said Cochran. "I truly believe it will be a day of school all of our students remember for a long time."

It will be one of those "do you remember where you watched the solar eclipse of 2017?" moments. Because of that some parents feel a dilemma about sending their children to school the day of the eclipse. 

"Even though her school will be in session I am taking my daughter out that day," said Eric Garlick, the father of a 13-year old. "I have mixed feelings. I think the kids can be in school and learn a lot from their teacher but on the other hand it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience and depending where you are you may not get to see it in it's entirety."

He said he has checked and the  school is not on the line for the longest totality.

"They will only get a partial eclipse," he said. "I plan to work a half day (he works overnights so will get off at  8:30 a.m.) and then take her to Babler Park to watch it if I can get as far as Eureka Six Flags , so we can get an extra 30 seconds."

Garlick said he is looking forward to sharing this once in a lifetime experience with his daughter.

"We already have our eclipse glasses and t-shirts."

Traffic Expected To Be Heavy-- Allow Plenty of Time

Garlick is right to worry if he will make it to the Eureka exit on I-44 as that will be a very well-traveled road.

A lot of people are expected to be traveling to see the eclipse-- whether they are coming from another country, or driving to the viewing area in a state nearest them, there will be a lot of people on the road and you better make your hotel reservations. 

“People travel all over the world to see these things,” Angela Speck, Ph.D., professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy at the University of Missouri-Columbia said. “The difference for the eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, is that there are no borders and nothing to stop anyone in the U.S. traveling to the path of totality.”

"One piece of advice for anyone planning on viewing the eclipse is to plan ahead," said Feldman of the Astronomy Society.  "This includes selection of an observing location-- plan how long it will take you to get there an give themselves plenty of time to reach your desired location. Another tip for eclipse viewers is to figure out how they are going to stay hydrated since it will be August."

Bring plenty of water in case you get stuck in traffic.

MODOT (Missouri Division of Transportation) advises motorists to expect heavy traffic on Missouri’s interstates and all roads inside the area of the total eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. Extreme congestion is expected once the eclipse passes in the afternoon. Viewers of the eclipse should leave early for their viewing location, stay put and then leave late to avoid the heavy congestion after the total eclipse.

According to MODOT, besides those who live in Missouri, an additional 1.2 million people are expected to visit the state beginning Friday, August 18 and leaving most likely by Tuesday, August 22. Many hotels in the area are sold out.

"The closest analogy on the potential of traffic issues would be to imagine the traffic tie ups that occur during a hurricane evacuation along the gulf coast," said Feldman.

"Traffic is definitely going to be an issue," said Don Ficken head of the eclipse task force. " According to GreatAmericanEclipse.com, Missouri is the closest driving destination for 31 million people. They predict up to 1 million people could visit our state. Of particular concern is when totality ends. Emergency management officials have talked about treating the end of totality like a 'hurricane evacuation'”.

Traffic is such a concern that road projects are even being done with the goal of having them ready in time for the eclipse, evidenced by the repair work being done on the bridge on southbound U.S. Route 63 over the Katy Trail in Mid-Missouri, Callaway County about four miles north of Jefferson City.

“We know Columbia and Jefferson City and other communities are planning big events around the total solar eclipse and that many people will be traveling mid-Missouri highways to view this rare occurrence,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Central District Engineer David Silvester. “We are hoping to have the bridge open by then to help ensure smooth travels.”

"I would encourage everyone to take some time to view the eclipse," said Hughes.  "This is a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t miss out."

Where to Watch the Eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017

According to Explore St. Louis here are the lengths of time people in these towns will see totality: 

Kirkwood (1:30)
Chesterfield (1:24)
Wildwood (2:00)
Eureka (2:15)
Fenton (1:56)
St. Joseph (2:38)
Kansas City (1:14)
Columbia (2:36)
Jefferson City (2:28)
Chesterfield (1:23)
Hillsboro (2:39)
DeSoto (2:40)
Festus (2:36)
Farmington (2:12)
Cape Girardeau (1:40)

Jefferson Barracks Park

St. Louis County’s Jefferson Barracks Park will be hosting an eclipse viewing event.  According to the St. Louis County Parks Dept. the moon’s shadow begins its pass over the sun at 11:49 a.m. and the total eclipse phase will be from 1:17 p.m. – 1:19 .pm. 

The Jefferson Barracks  event will be free and open to the public and include food trucks. 

Program Timeline:
9:00 am Gates Open for parking
11:00 am Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
11:15 am USPS will unveil a new stamp dedicated to the eclipse (more info here)
11:49 am Moon begins crossing the Sun
12:45 pm Admittance into the park will cease to ensure everyone in the park can experience the eclipse
12:50 pm Sun is more than half covered
1:17:34 pm Totality begins
1:18:20 pm Maximum totality
1:19:07 pm Totality ends
1:45 pm Sun is more than half covered
2:44 pm Moon finishes eclipsing the Sun

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum
This event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.and they claim they are one of the best places under the sun (and moon) for viewing the solar eclipse, The Magic House is hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in the Museum’s front garden. Solar eclipse enthusiasts will have it made in the shade as they safely watch the moon pass between the sun and earth with a special pair of viewing glasses. The celebration will include a variety of sun-sational activities including an out-of-this-world dance party! Free with Museum admission.

For Other Info on St. Louis Area Events Check out Explore St. Louis

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Listen to the NASA Press Conference about the Solar Eclipse-- Talks about Safety plus the Highways and Roads

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Helpful Links:

How to how to watch the eclipse safely, and how to make a pinhole viewer at home with which to watch it https://youtu.be/yTN3BRoxY00

St. Louis Science Center: https://www.slsc.org/james-s-mcdonnell-planetarium/great-american-total-solar-eclipse/

St. Louis Astronomical Society: http://www.missourieclipse2017.com/index.php/learn-more-about-the-eclipse

Donate to St. Louis Astronomical Society's “Solar Glasses for Kids” Program Help us get solar glasses into the hands of area schools in need.
Learn more at http://www.stleclipse.org/index.php/solar-glasses-for-kids

Eclipse Website: http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/states/MO.htm

Jefferson Barracks Park and St. Louis County Parks website about the eclipse: http://www.stlouisco.com/ParksandRecreation/ThingsToDo/GreatAmericanSolarEclipse

Explore St. Louis website about eclipse: https://explorestlouis.com/discover/2017-total-solar-eclipse/

NASA Eclipse website:  https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Space.com's Eclipse page: https://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide.html

The Solar Eclipse Timer App Described in this story: http://www.solareclipsetimer.com/

A.J. Fillo:  On Aug. 19th at the OSU eclipse event at the Corvallis Benton-County Public Library Booth he will be lecturing on how to watch the eclipse. The event is open to the public."  He has more information on his website:  https://aaronfillo.github.io/

More about Dr. Gordon Telepun's Exciting Eclipse App:

The app reminds people to observe certain parts of the partial phase phenomena.

Partial Phase Phenomena warnings occur between first Contact and second Contact. These announcements are only relevant for total solar eclipse, or extremely deep annular eclipses. The audible voice warnings that are played are timed backward from the programmed 2nd Contact time. You only have to worry about programming the correct 2nd Contact time; the app will do the calculations for the Partial Phase Phenomena. The warnings remind you to observe ambient temperature, ambient lighting, animal behavior and shadow bands.

The audible voice warnings for the Partial Phase Phenomena are as follows:

“Forty Five Minutes Until Totality, Observe Changes In Ambient Temperature”

“Thirty Minutes Until Totality, Observe Changes In Ambient Temperature”

“Fifteen Minutes Until Totality, Observe Changes In Ambient Temperature”

“Ten Minutes Until Totality, Observe Changes In Ambient Lighting”

“Eight Minutes Until Totality, Observe Changes In Animal Behavior”

“Three Minutes Until Totality, Observe For Shadow Bands”

"Second Contact In 60 Seconds - Observe For Shadow Bands"
 

Check out his website for more information on the app.

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Fun Ways To Enjoy the Eclipse:
Local companies are getting in on the action.

Big Muddy Adventures is offering a once in a lifetime trip to view the Great American Eclipse 2017
from an island on The Mississippi in the line of totality!

The trip includes all food, canoes and paddling gear, guests bring sleeping bags, tents and clothing.
Only 14 spots available in their voyager canoes – so BOOK NOW!

Orlando's Catering is offering special "Eclipse Box Lunches"-- they will even deliver quantities of 25 or more if businesses want to order these lunches for their employees. For more information: http://orlandogardens.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Eclipse-Box-Lunch-flyer.pdf

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