Will The Total Solar Eclipse Affect Solar Power?

Will The Total Solar Eclipse Affect Solar Power?

This is important: To watch the solar eclipse safely, you need solar eclipse glasses, which are different from sunglasses, even if you're viewing the eclipse outside the path of totality.

While a last-minute rush has left many dealers out of stock two weeks before the big day, the good news is that US astronomy buffs have to wait only seven more years for the next total solar eclipse over North America, in April 2024. At least 7 million USA homes and businesses are directly powered by the sun, and the eclipse will interrupt solar power generation from their rooftops as well as from large utility solar farms. This occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the Moon. In previous years, odd occurrences in animals have also been observed such as in the 1500s, when birds were described by an astronomer to have fallen out of the trees and stopped singing during an eclipse. North Carolina, which is also a major solar producer, will experience the eclipse just as evening is approaching and customer electricity demand is beginning to peak. The next total lunar eclipse is January 31, 2019. I'm also excited about seeing the sun's corona - the outermost atmosphere of the sun, which is visible only during the total solar eclipse.

Though you'll be able to be see the effects of the eclipse outside that path, the best views will be within it, said Glenn Schneider, an astronomer who has witnessed 33 total solar eclipses.

"We want everyone to know the eclipse is coming and we want people to know not to look directly at the sun", Berry told CNN. While only people in the U.S. will be able to see the total eclipse - in which the moon completely blocks the light from the sun - those living in parts of South America, Africa and Europe should be able to see at least a partial solar eclipse. If you miss this eclipse, you may have to wait until the year 2045 to see another. Be aware that your dog or cat could get spooked by solar eclipse-inspired events that involve crowds of people, whether you take a pet with you to a viewing spot or it's near your home.

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Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness. This is a rare Earth event.

"It's definitely not safe just to look at it with binoculars or a telescope", Bridges said.

To remedy the dearth of research, the academy created a "Life Responds" project where citizens all over the world download the iNaturalist app from Apple or Android platforms and document the plant and animal reactions they see during the eclipse. Sometimes a lunar Eclipse. A solar eclipse is a unique experience for our eyes - we aren't used to seeing bright beams of sunlight contrasted with a night sky.

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