COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Remember back on August 21, 2017, when a total solar eclipse from coast to coast was the most watched total solar eclipse in history?
The sun’s outer atmosphere – the corona – offered a fantastic revelation as the solar disk was completely obliterated. Sun prominent places – glowing gas rays – were observed through telescopes on the outer edge (limb) of the moon.
Don Stevens, director of the Perkins Observatory at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, points out that the element chromium was discovered in the sun’s atmosphere, where the name comes from along with helium (named after Helios, the Greek sun god).
The total solar eclipse in August 201
Prior to 2017, the last solar eclipse, partially visible in Ohio, occurred in February 1979 (totality was limited to the Pacific Northwest in the United States). The last total solar eclipse from coast to coast seen across all adjacent 48 states took place in June 1918 (99 years earlier).
Fortunately, we only had to wait a little under seven years for the next one to come on April 8, 2024. The line of wholeness extends from northern Mexico through parts of 15 states in the United States and across parts of southeastern Canada. The western and north-central parts of Ohio will be in the path of the whole, including northwest Franklin County, Dayton and Cincinnati – far west of the Interstate 71 corridor.
The warning not to see the sun without proper sanctioned protection applies as always to avoid serious eye damage, such as blurred vision or even permanently impaired vision if a person looks directly up at the sun. Of course, you have plenty of time to acquire certified safe sunglasses by April 2024.
Stevens said in the short term that there will be a partial lunar eclipse on May 26, 2021, beginning at 6 p.m. 05.44. He said: “The moon will be less than a third covered when it finally sets. You will need a very clear western horizon to be able to observe it. Stevens added that no special equipment is required to display a lunar eclipse that will be visible from the Pacific region and Asia to North America.
Also on June 11 this year, there will be a partial solar eclipse this year, which Stevens described as a “rare eclipse of the Arctic region,” which will be partially visible in Ohio. He said the sun would rise “already in the eclipse around 6:06 a.m. with less than half covered by the moon.”
When the sun rises on June 11, the sun will be less and less covered by the moon, and the eclipse will end around noon. 06:33. This view requires a clear view of the northeastern horizon and, as always, special goggles for viewing that meet the required safety standards. Stevens added that there are also “special sunscreens specially designed for telescopes / binoculars”, but to be sure they are officially sanctioned by science and health officials.