Bob wonders if the iPhone will have an eclipse easter egg. He had an Apple Newton during the last eclipse and the Newton had a little animation for it. Leo remembers that in the Newton, but he's guessing that Apple hasn't done that in the iPhone. It would be fun if it did. There are some easter eggs in iOS, though, which can be found here.
Bill says that exposed Xray film is good for viewing the solar eclipse and if you can find some wasted film from a doctor's office, you can use it. Leo doesn't recommend doing this, and viewers should consult the NASA Eclipse Website for how to properly and safely view it.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.
In a few weeks, on August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse in North America. It will be possible to see at least a partial eclipse everywhere in the US, but some places will get totality, meaning the sun will be completely blocked by the moon. That will happen in a band stretching across Oregon to Florida.
There's an annular eclipse tonight which will be visible for those on the West coast. It may be easy to think that since it's not so bright, it wouldn't be a problem to look directly at it. Don't do it though, it really can cause blindness! Here are a few tips for safely viewing the eclipse:
- Use an arc welders helmet.
Do not use an exposed piece of film, double up on sunglasses, or even use welders goggles unless they are rated for arc welding, which is grade 14.