Not cheap shades or x-ray specs, just eclipse glasses!


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This blog has covered astronomy issues before, and I believe has been mentioned in multiple posts, but a certain upcoming event definitely merits another mention. As most of you know, there will be a total solar eclipse coming up on August 21st (read about it here and here, or at your favorite news site).

Most of you also likely know that looking directly at the sun is very bad for your eyes and could even cause blindness. You are likely not alone if you feel that looking at the eclipse is ok, because the moon is covering the sun. This is wrong. Even though the sun will be covered by the moon, it’s still not safe to look directly at the eclipse, due to the corona of the sun still visible around the edges of the eclipse. This is the outer layer of the sun and is more than capable of damaging your eyes. So how may you view the eclipse safely and completely? has a complete guide to the eclipse, including best viewing practices here: Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely). They bill this page as “…information about where and when to see it, how long it lasts, what you can expect to see, and how to plan ahead to ensure you get the most out of this incredible experience.”

They wisely let the readers know about the risks of sun exposure even during this eclipse: “REMEMBER: Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness. NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection . See our complete guide to find out how to view the eclipse safely. ”.

Many public libraries are giving away free glasses with which you may safely view the eclipse, and other libraries may have some later in July. With these glasses one may safely view the eclipse and the rarely seen corona of the sun, mentioned above. If you live in Memphis there are no libraries yet giving away the glasses, but the system is on a waiting list to receive some. Stay tuned, you may be able to receive some glasses soon, Memphians.

Here is a picture of the path of the solar eclipse:

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Want to see the Harvest moon eclipse up close, but can’t fly to South Africa or Singapore? Slooh is a website that has streaming pictures of the moon, along with eclipses, meteor showers, asteroids, and other space objects from a global network of telescopes. From the site, Slooh has”partner observatories in Arizona, Japan, Hawaii, Cypress, Dubai, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and many more.” They are also partnered with NASA.

Slooh also provides daily telescope feeds with experts who host them. You can also provide your own space pictures to be posted on the site.

Science Daily

Science Daily provides breaking news about scientific discoveries and science issues. Over 65,000 research articles, 15,000 images, 2,500 encyclopedia entries, 1,500 book reviews, and hundreds of educational videos are generated on the site. The story, along with its source is listed. General science, health, biomedical sciences, biological sciences, earth sciences, physical sciences, and applied sciences stories are all listed.

Eurostat Yearbook

Eurostat Yearbook gives European statistics from Eurostat, the European Union Statistical Office. Data includes the Euro Area and Member States. Entries include information on the economy and finance; population; health; labour market; education and training;  industry and trade; agriculture, forestry and fisheries; international trade; transportation; environment; energy; and science and technology. Helpful charts and tables are also included. Each yearbook is updated as new statistics are released.

From the site, “ searches over 42 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results. is governed by the interagency Alliance“.
Searches can be done by keyword or topic. A link to ‘science in the news’ is also provided.

Science Videos Search Engine

Science Hack is a search engine for science videos, which can be very helpful for students working on science projects.  Fields covered include: Chemistry, Physics, Space, Psychology, Computer Science, Robotics, Biology, Mathematics, Nature and more.  The site states that each video is screened by a scientist to verify accuracy and quality.

Sunrise, Sunset, Moonrise, Moonset

Sun or Moon Rise/Set Table for One Year

Get the sun or moon rise/set table for one year by selecting the year, state and city (or for international locations the latitude and longitude.)  Provided by the U.S. Naval Observatory.

Custom Sunrise/Sunset Calendar

Get an easy to read monthly calendar with the sunrise and sunset for most cities in the 50 states.  Also includes the moonrise and moonset, as well as the moon phases.