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There Goes the Sun!

by Emily Rogers on July 25, 2017 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Learn about the total solar eclipse, to take place on August 21, 2017, with these online government resources!

Start your tour of eclipse resources by visiting NASA’s Total Eclipse website.  There you can learn about the path of the eclipse, the history of eclipses, and more.

NASA also offers an interactive map that you can click on to get more information about how the eclipse will appear at that location.  The view of the eclipse from Valdosta is partial. It starts at 1:11 p.m. EDT, reaches 89.46% coverage at 2:43 p.m., and ends at 4:08 p.m.

How might cloudiness interfere with your eclipse experience? The National Centers for Environmental Education offer this cloudiness map to help forecast your view.

Weather.gov also offers information about what is called the Great Eclipse of 2017, including glimpses backward and forward. For instance, the last time a total eclipse was seen in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia was March 7, 1970. The next time a total eclipse will be seen in Georgia will be August 12, 2045.

Finally, the American Astronomical Society offers these tips for viewing the eclipse safely.  For more information about solar eclipses, come see government and other publications on view at the government documents exhibit case in the second floor reference area of Odum Library.


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