Also, there are many urban legends that it is harmful
to the eyes to view a total solar eclipse. The short
answer is that it’s totally safe to view a TOTAL solar
eclipse! However, proper solar eye filters are required
for viewing the partial stages before and after totality.
Eclipse Day 2017 is an unprecedented opportunity
for Americans to experience one of God’s true wonders. This is an especially great opportunity for families, especially homeschoolers, to learn, be inspired,
and be educated! Since this rare transcontinental
eclipse experience has not transpired for a century,
you do not want to squander this unprecedented
opportunity! Homeschoolers who buy curriculum
for their children should consider the expense of
eclipse travel to be an investment in their children’s
education. It is that important.
Information about the 2017 eclipse and eclipses in
general can be found at our new website, American
Eclipse USA ( www.americaneclipseUSA.com). You
can learn more about safe eclipse viewing, states, and
locations along the path of totality, scheduled eclipse
events, and how you can participate with your family.
You can also tell your friends and family and help
spread the word!
It has been estimated that only 0.001 percent of
Americans have witnessed a total eclipse of the sun
at this present time. That number will increase by
millions on Eclipse Day, but will still remain a small
percentage. Make sure you and your family are
among the exclusive membership of the eclipse club;
I promise, you will not regret it.
In the next column, we’ll return to our usual topics,
and explain how observing the altitude of the Sun
with knowledge of the date can be used for finding
latitude, as an aspect of celestial navigation. Subsequently, we will return to timekeeping and explain
how knowledge of the constellations visible at midnight can be used to determine the date of the year.
And we’ll have another column about the upcoming
2017 eclipse before the big day arrives. In the meantime, it’s not too early to start learning about the
coming eclipse and begin making your plans!
Jay Ryan is a Christian homeschool dad in Cleveland,
Ohio, and the host of AmericanEclipseUSA.com, a
website dedicated to helping Americans prepare for the
2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun. Find it on Facebook and
The twentieth century was a “dark age” of total
solar eclipses in the United States, which is why so
few Americans today are familiar with this spectacular sight. However, the twenty-first century will
be a golden age of American total solar eclipses,
starting in 2017! Today’s young Americans will see
six total eclipses of the Sun across a thirty-five-year span. Five of these will be over the Continental
US: in 2017, 2024, 2044, 2045, and 2052. One, in
2033, will be over Alaska.
In comparison, the last US eclipse was in 1979,
thirty-eight years before the one coming next year.
But domestic eclipse chasers need only wait another seven years to see the following one, in 2024.
And if you’re here in 2045, you have every chance
to catch this one: the grand Total Solar Eclipse of
August 12, 2045, will span from sea to shining sea
as the longest eclipse ever on American soil in US
Beyond that, many young people alive today might
live to see the nearby Mexican eclipse of 2071, and
the US eclipses of 2078, 2079, 2097, and 2099.
It’s so important that today’s parents give their kids
a great start on a lifetime of observing eclipses by
taking them to see the total solar eclipse of 2017!