Happy Solar Eclipse Day! Today, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality will see a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere will stretch from Lincoln Beach, 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.
This has been discussed in detail over the past few weeks but it is worth repeating that it is never safe to look directly at the sun’s rays – even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or use an alternate indirect method. This also applies during a total eclipse up until the time when the sun is completely and totally blocked.
You can also watch live streams of the eclipse on space.com, or on nasa.gov or on TV on CNN or The Science Channel.
Eclipses are important to the history of Eclipse Research Group. When the company was in its beginning stages two years ago (September 27, 2015) the US, Canada, and Central and South America was treated to a rare Total Lunar Eclipse of a Supermoon. Prior to the lunar eclipse we were in the process of naming the company, and in the end the term eclipse just seemed to fit. In astronomy an eclipse means blocking out of light from one object by the intervention of another object. This happens in an orbital and cyclic pattern. However, the word eclipse is also synonymous with surpassing, exceeding, excelling, and prevailing – all of which are important to us at Eclipse Research Group, not only in relation to ourselves but also in regards to all of the organizations we work with.
And so it is only fitting that the second eclipse since the birth of Eclipse Research Group just happens to precede our second anniversary and so continue our cyclic pattern of surpassing, exceeding, excelling, and prevailing.