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Watching the Friendly Skies - Eclipse Safety Tutorial

Get ready to view the solar eclipse with these helpful safety tips. No one should ever look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse. Many options for indirect viewing are outlined in this video.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun. On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) across all of North America. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through the event, anyone within a roughly 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun’s bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds, turning day into night and making visible the otherwise hidden solar corona — the sun’s outer atmosphere — one of nature’s most awesome sights. Bright stars and planets will become visible as well.

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Genna Duberstein (USRA): Lead Producer
Karen Fox (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Presenter
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Presenter
John Caldwell (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.): Cinematographer
Genna Duberstein (USRA): Editor
Genna Duberstein (USRA): Graphic Designer
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