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A Total Eclipse on the Sun

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We look at the 2017 total solar eclipse in August . Video: A Total Eclipse on the Sun
We look at the 2017 total solar eclipse in August . Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:12:30 +0000 A Total Eclipse on the Sun We look at the 2017 total solar eclipse in August . KMIZ ABC Columbia, MO mid-missouri residents will soon get a rare view of an out-of-this- world event. we are 175 days away from the total solar eclipse of 2017. the august 21st event is going to be epic! # :01 :08 - :22 : 23 :59 1:28 1:38 cronkite: the sun went out today. the unite states hasn't seen a total sola eclipse since 1979. cronkite: it was the last total eclipse of the sun for north america until the year 2017. that once futuristic-sounding year is here. and that celestial promise walter cronkite fortold is coming and so are the crowds of eclipse enthusiasts. speck: you think what it's like for homecoming, or when true false happens, or rootsnblues nbbq and how many people come to town. and then think about what it's like at the stadium on a game day. and think about what that's going to be a path 70 miles wide all across the state. that 70 mile wide path is called the umbra. most people know a solar eclipse is when the moon's shadow falls on the earth. the shadow is made of two concentric cones. in the larger penumbra, people will see a partial solar eclipse. but those of us in the umbra will experience a total eclipse. it's a rare moment many people will want to experience. and accomodating the big crowds could turn out to be an astronomical challenege. emergency services will be working on it but we don't have any precedent for this. it's kind of like a natural disaster; it's just we know it's gonna happen and hopefully nobody's gonna die. megan mcconachie of the columbia convention and visitors bureau says: megan: this is a big deal! she's been dealing with this for more than a year. como eclipse: show me totality! we have a website. . we have national and international interest on this. we have the boston astronomy club that will be coming to do their viewing here in mid- missouri. we've had calls from london, calls from georgia, calls from california. so, there are a lot of people who are learning about the eclipse who may already be eclipse enthusiasts and are finding out about columbia. as far as the super surge of people some expect. it's hard to know if we'll have that many people here. we're planning for what would look like for a really busy football game on a monday afternoon. so that kind of throws a wrench into the whole thing. we're definitely going to try to send the traffic to our two major viewing locations. one of which is at cosmo park and the other of which is at gans creek recreation area. if you don't think you can accomodate incoming family and friends in your own house, you may want to tell them to book a room now. i'm guessing in the next couple of months we'll be completely full. as the planets literally align - you can see the eclipse a variety of safe ways. i don't have to tell you not to stare at the sun, but if you must look directly at the eclipse, you'll need these cool, nerdy eclipse glasses. they are aluminized mylar and work like a welder's safety shield. they will protect your eyes by making the sun appear to be like the moon. angela: if you can't afford the dollar or two you can make a pinhole camera. all you need for a pinhole camera - a couple pieces of paper or cardboard and a tiny hole. poke a hole, let the sun shine through during partial eclpise- it will take the form of a crescent. once it's fully eclipsed you're clear to look directly at the sun. abc 17 news will be following the developments and city planning leading up to the eclipse. if you miss the total eclipse in august -- you'll have to wait until 2024 to see the next one... and

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