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Exploring Monday’s Eclipse: How to View This Natural Phenomenon

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Exploring Monday’s Eclipse: How to View This Natural Phenomenon

One of the crucial unique light shows you might ever see is just across the corner, and it won’t require any electricity or computer graphics.

A complete solar eclipse will sweep across america on Monday afternoon, April 8, passing over the North Shore from roughly 12:51 p.m. to three:21 p.m., in keeping with NASA scientists. During this time, the realm will experience a rare, eerie daytime twilight.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon’s orbit passes between Earth and the sun, blocking out the sunshine of the sun totally or partially. In near and complete totality, a halo or crown — attributable to the outermost a part of the sun fittingly often called its corona — forms across the moon.

In comparison with the last total eclipse in August 2017, this one has a wider path and duration, with totality expected to last for two 1/2 minutes, NASA scientists say. Thirty-two million people across the U.S., including southern Illinois and central Indiana, will likely be in the trail of totality, which is the track of the moon’s shadow across Earth.

The North Shore will witness something similar, experiencing a formidable state of near totality with an estimated 92 to 93 percent of the sun expected to be blocked by the moon at 2:07 p.m, in keeping with NASA’s interactive online map.

Secure viewing

To avoid eye damage, it’s important to view the solar eclipse safely with solar viewers, special eye cover that seem like the paper 3D movie glasses from the times of old. Experts warn that standard sunglasses aren’t effective against the intensely concentrated solar rays. Camera lenses, binoculars and telescopes should all have a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front.

Most large retailers, equivalent to Home Depot and Staples, are selling approved solar viewers, which might be handheld or eyeglasses. Toy shop Wild Child, with Glencoe and Wilmette locations, can be selling solar eyeglasses for $5.99.

Local public libraries are making a gift of the glasses at their welcome desks, offering two per household until they run out. Wilmette and Highland Park Public Library are already out.

Scientists are warning that weather conditions could impact the local view of the eclipse and its impressiveness. Rain is on the forecast for Monday, but cloud cover can even impact the sight.

Where to view

Wilmette Public Library is hosting a viewing event from 12:30 p.m. to three:30 p.m. on its front lawn and its auditorium, where officials will project the NASA livestream. They’re out of solar eclipse glasses but still have some handheld solar viewers that they’ll handout at two per family until they run out. No registration is required.

Just outside the realm, weather permitting, the Northbrook Public Library is hosting a viewing event at Tower Rink Field from 1 p.m. to three p.m. — no registration is required; and Skokie’s Emily Oaks Nature Center will arrange a telescope and NASA livestream from 1 p.m. to three p.m.. Registration is now open, and tickets are $7.

And for those up for a drive (or train ride), the Adler Planetarium is scheduled to have a free, non-ticketed outdoor viewing event with secure solar viewing telescopes.

Now could be the prospect to see this phenomenon as the following total solar eclipse that might be seen from the U.S. won’t be until August 2044.

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