WE have an excellent ISS pass tonight: Sat Jul 22 9:18 PM, Visible: 6
min, Max Height: 66°, Appears: 11° above SW, Disappears: 11° above NE
We'll have a few telescopes out in Monrovia Saturday night the 29th, and
I'll be bringing some Safe Eclipse glasses to hand out. Only two per
family, and if you need more you can probably buy them -- Google" Safe
Eclipse Glasses", and you'll find them running $1 or $2 per pair. Free
shipping on Amazon Prime.
The NASA Eclipse page has a couple features I really like:
This downloadable page has State Maps, an eclipse safety sheet, and the
map of the US. https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/downloadables
And here is a training doc for our volunteers around the country, and it
is a great primer.
My July podcast is all about the moon phases, how they relate to
eclipses, a little about the eclipse, and end-of month meteor showers!
For August'd video, rather than talk about the eclipse, I have
"Do-It-Yourself" eclipse science observations for the whole family,
including a journal or notebook to make recordings. I will make one
this week to show at the sidewalk next week, and bring all the
experiments. Most are geared for totality, but not all of them. Feel
free to ask, and I'll send you the script ahead of time, so you can make
your own journals.
It's now less than one month to the total solar eclipse along a narrow
band about 70 miles wide spanning the nation from Oregon to South
Carolina. Some of your intrepid sidewalk astronomers will be traveling
to the centerline in Oregon or Utah (several of us from our astronomers
and our mailing list will be in St. Anthony UT along the path of
totality) or visiting lucky family or friends elsewhere, and some will
not. There will be another US Total Solar Eclipse in 2024, and there are
eclipses between now and then for the intrepid eclipse chaser who like
travel adventures. OUr group will have the journals, and the activities,
and we'll share the results when we return!
See you next week I hope! Jane
Jane Houston Jones
Solar System Public Engagement
What's Up July? Pre-eclipse prep: let's talk moon phases!