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Old 07-31-2017, 11:17 AM
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Default Solar Eclipse of Aug 21: Details of Event

Solar Eclipse of Aug 21 update of July 31:

Keep an eye on the weather. Starting Aug 14th, My Weather Watching Team will be monitoring the weather, and as long as it isn't high winds, super cloudy, or rainy, the event will happen. For the day of the event, I will have an auto reply set up in my email, possibly by the night before. If the weather looks questionable for the event, toss an email my way to Starstuff@gmail.com so you get the auto response that will say if the event is on or cancelled.

To make this event more fun for everyone, plan to spend part of your day in the Arizona Science Center. PAS will be all outdoors, but we encourage you to spend time indoors as well. The maximum seen from AZ will be about 10:30am. If you want to make it an interesting day, I'd suggest getting to ASC about 9am when the eclipse starts to happen. This way, you can say you saw the beginning of the eclipse. Then, about 10:20 to 10:40 spend time outdoors with PAS watching the eclipse get to maximum. Since we expect a crowd at that time, you might want to come out of ASC a little earlier, but this way you can say you saw Maximum. Then, the ending of the eclipse will be about noon, so hop outside one more time about 11:45 to watch the end of the eclipse. Then spend the rest of the day in ASC enjoying some great things they have to offer.

ASC has a restaurant to buy snacks, if you get hungry. There's a wall to sit on outside of the science center while you wait for maximum or for the line of people to go down.

PAS plans for the Eclipse viewing time:

Rick 8" scope with solar filter
Terri Demos, Handouts, Q&A
Alex will be creating a Real-time graph of light and temp
Roger 81mm with solar filter
William (maybe with PST)?

The weather that could cancel this event is:
1) Too many clouds to see the Sun, especially during Maximum
2) Hard rain - a light rain and not too many clouds, we may still do the event
3) High winds - if it is too windy or has gusts of wind this day, it could blow over our expensive telescopes and break them, plus our canopies will not be tied down on the cement.

More details to follow.
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Old 07-31-2017, 01:04 PM
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Default Public RSVP list

I'm making this list of who RSVP'd to attend, so that if I need to cancel the event due to weather, these are the public who will be notified as soon as I know we would need to cancel. I'm hoping for a great observing day at ASC with everyone on this list and more.

Remember, if you don't RSVP to attend, drop me an email at Starstuff@gmail.com for an auto reply, that morning, to make sure you know if the event is happening or if it had to be cancelled due to weather. I will try to set up this auto response via email by the night before the event.

Public RSVP's:

Jenny H. + 2
Donna B
Charles V
Jacqueline G + 4
Michelle M + family

The List of Public RSVP's is growing quickly:

Brant S + 1
Pat L
Ingrid P
Satina + 2
Justin S + 1
Michael K + 5
Jennifer W + 1
Lisa Z + 1
Jessica H + 2
Cesar T
Sophia V


List updated Aug 20 1pm
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:20 PM
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Here's some additional ways to view a Solar Eclipse without directly viewing the Sun. See these links:

* Hole Projector: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/...projector.html

* Binocular or small telescope projector: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/...projector.html

* Eclipse projector in a box: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/...projector.html

* Leah, PAS Member, sends this info via email:
some tips for the partial stages of the eclipse - it is a good idea to prepare a pinhole projector. the instructions usually mention "two thin but stiff pieces of white cardboard". paper plates are very good for this, as well as box lids, or sides of a cut-up box (which don't have to be white). remember to stand with your back to the Sun when using this. you can practice on a non-eclipse day.

another projection method, not listed in the article is: look on the ground under a tree. the spaces between the leaves form many pinholes, and you will see a whole bunch of crescents as the sun is eclipsed. this makes a great photo. http://www.hartrao.ac.za/other/eclipse2002/pinhole.html

and another link, including step-by-step instructions for making a pinhole projection viewer: http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/how.html

before the previous eclipse (annular eclipse in May 2012) I tried various methods and found that the "two pieces of cardboard" is easiest to use. you can even punch holes in a pattern (e.g. with the pinholes arranged to spell "PAS") and when you use it during the eclipse - each pinhole will show a view of the eclipsed Sun. great photo-op! in May 2012 I made one with the pinholes arranged to show the number 2012. a lot of nearby tourists took pictures of it. I'm including a photo.

if using a pinhole projector, it's a good idea to prepare it ahead of time, and try it out before the eclipse. you can try different size pinholes (anywhere from very tiny, to about 1/8 inch) and see what gives you the best effect. I made one with actual pinholes, and another with pinholes enlarged using a sharpened pencil (that's for the 1/8 inch). you can check that the pinhole is actually projecting, and not just showing a random circle of light, by taking a flashlight and covering part of the front; then try out your pinhole projector in a dark room to see if it shows the shape of the exposed part of the flashlight.

and in the meantime, here is the page from "MrEclipse.com" with everything you wanted to know about observing solar eclipses -

http://mreclipse.com/Totality2/TotalityCh11.html

and some info that we can use in a handout -

http://mreclipse.com/Special/SEprimer.html

and if you're planning to take photos, read the articles online (e.g. http://mreclipse.com/SEphoto/SEphoto.html and other articles on the MrEclipse page)

and *practice ahead of time* with a non-eclipsed sun. (all of the partial stages will be giving almost as much light as an uneclipsed sun, so it's important to practice exposure times.)

the day of the eclipse is NOT the time to start learning how to do it!

I also included pictures that I took during the annular eclipse in 2012. they were in the newsletter then too. my picture with the pinhole projector spelling "2012" is on p 10

http://www.pasaz.org/PAStimes/2012-2013/Eclipse.pdf

Here are a few I found through a search engine:

1. https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

"Live video streams of the August 21 total solar eclipse, from NASA Television and locations across the country, will be available on this page.”

2. https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse

"You can watch it live on this website and on our free Android and iOS app​s, or come to the Exploratorium and join us for a special eclipse-day program.”

Note the iOS app is available from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tota...230195450?mt=8

And the Android app is from https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...alsolareclipse

3. https://www.timeanddate.com/live/

"Watch this space for our LIVE coverage of the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017! Starting at 15:30 UTC (see corresponding US times), we will bring you live footage from multiple locations and real-time updates about the current location of the eclipse shadow and the progress of the eclipse in the US and worldwide.”

4. https://www.space.com/36383-solar-ec...ivestream.html

"Watch a Livestream of the 2017 Solar Eclipse From 100,000 Feet in the Air”

Here are some safe viewing suggestions:

suggestions for safe viewing: http://mreclipse.com/Totality2/TotalityCh11.html

and for kids: http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-ti...-eclipse-kids/

Alex, PAS Members sent this set of links:

1. https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

"Live video streams of the August 21 total solar eclipse, from NASA Television and locations across the country, will be available on this page.”

2. https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse

"You can watch it live on this website and on our free Android and iOS app​s, or come to the Exploratorium and join us for a special eclipse-day program.”

Note the iOS app is available from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tota...230195450?mt=8

And the Android app is from https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...alsolareclipse

3. https://www.timeanddate.com/live/

"Watch this space for our LIVE coverage of the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017! Starting at 15:30 UTC (see corresponding US times), we will bring you live footage from multiple locations and real-time updates about the current location of the eclipse shadow and the progress of the eclipse in the US and worldwide.”

4. https://www.space.com/36383-solar-ec...ivestream.html

"Watch a Livestream of the 2017 Solar Eclipse From 100,000 Feet in the Air”







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Old 08-17-2017, 02:12 PM
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Default PAS at ASC, Ch 3 News & KJZZ Radio

PAS will be at the Arizona Science Center on Aug 21.

Ch 3 News will be doing coverage of the this event from 9am to about noon.

KJZZ Radio has asked for an interview, recorded and sent to them. Here's what i provided them in a recording just this morning, Aug 17. This is my script.

Hi, this is Terri Finch, I'm the Event Manager for the Phoenix Astronomical Society. On Monday, Aug 21 there will be a Partial Solar Eclipse as seen from Phoenix.

What is a Partial Solar Eclipse? A Partial Eclipse is when the Moon does not cover the Sun completely, but the viewing of this eclipse will be just as exciting as seeing a Total Solar Eclipse. A Total Eclipse is when the Moon covers the Sun 100%. For those of us who could not schedule time off of work, and a trip out of Phoenix to see the Total Eclipse from Washington, Oregon and other locations in the Eclipse path of Totality, the Arizona Science Center has teamed up with the Phoenix Astronomical Society to show the Solar Eclipse from 9am to 12pm. That's on Aug 21st from 9 in the morning to noon.

The Phoenix Astro Soc will be in Heritage Square providing views of the eclipse through safely filtered Solar Telescopes. We will also have Sun and Moon Demos, Q&A for the Kids with prizes, and for the first 20 Families that attend and check in at the PAS Table under the Blue Canopies, we will have Free Solar Viewing Glasses.

More details about this event can be found on our website at PASaz.org. That's PAS which stands for Phoenix Astronomical Society, and then AZ which is short for Arizona dot Org. PASaz.org

The Eclipse will have this schedule: At about 913 Monday morning, The Sun & Moon will make 1st Contact, then, if you do not view anything else on this eclipse morning, you will want to view through Solar Eclipse glasses or thru our Solar Filtered Telescopes, from about 10:25am to 10:40am to catch Maximum coverage of 60% at 10:33am. The End of the Eclipse is 12:03pm.

If you plan to view the Solar Eclipse, you need to use Solar Viewing Glasses, or a Solar Filtered Telescope to safely see the Eclipse. Please do not look at the Sun without protection. And do not look through a telescope with only Solar Viewing Glasses as this will definitely damage your eyes. Telescopes need to have proper Solar Filters to be safe for viewing the Sun.

When using Solar Viewing Glasses, put the glasses on while looking away from the Sun, view the sun for short amounts of time, then look away to remove the glasses, for the safety of your eyes.

The telescopes & binoculars PAS will be providing at this event will have Solar Filters on them such that the filter allows about 100th of a percent of Sunlight to get through to your eyes. This is a safe amount that will not damage your eyes, but remember to view the Sun briefly no matter what solar viewing protection you are using. It is safer to view the Sun for a only couple seconds at a time. On the Phx Astro Soc website are other ways to experience this eclipse without looking directly at the Sun.

Solar Eclipses occur in pairs. The next Partial Solar Eclipses as seen from Phoenix will be Oct 14, 2023 and Apr 8, 2024. In 2044 and 2045 will be the next 2 really good Partial Solar Eclipses as seen from Phoenix. Total Solar Eclipses are rare and there are no Total Solar Eclipses happening as seen from Phoenix in the next 100 years.

A total eclipse is an experience everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime. A friend of mine was telling me that he has attended 2 Total Eclipses, by going to the path of Totality, and due to the weather and cloud coverage at the viewing location he went to, he has not witnessed 1 solar eclipse successfully.

So, bring your whole family to see the Partial Solar Eclipse at the Arizona Science Center. Make a Day of it starting with the Phoenix Astronomical Society for the Eclipse and then enjoy the rest of the day in the Arizona Science center. More details can be found on the Phx Astro Soc website. That website is PASaz.org. We hope to see you at the Arizona Science Center for this rare astronomical event!
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Old 08-18-2017, 07:59 AM
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Here are some items I suggest you bring with you for this event. If I missed anything important, please reply to this post so eveyrone gets the notice:

1) Bring your own tables
Alex, i will bring you a table to use.

2) Bring your own chairs
Alex, i will bring you a chair to use.

3) Bring your own snacks and drinks.
I will be bringing some bagged chips to share.
ASC is supposed to be providing cold bottled water.
Bring your own water in case ASC forgets to provide bottled water.

3) Bring your telescope, batteries for your telescope, and solar filters.

4) If you have handouts explaining the solar eclipse or other details you want to provide the public, please bring them and add them to the handout section of the PAS table. One table is handouts, the other table is demos.
If you need copies of your handouts made, send your request to Don by Friday end of day, to give him time to make the handouts requested. Don will be attending, so send those copy requests to Don today!

If you have PAS Business cards, bring them with you. It could be the general business cards, or my Event Manager cards, or if you have your own Officer position cards. Bring them, we will need all we can provide at this event. I'm expecting more people than handouts i have availble.

If you have a cart to transport your equipment, bring it along in case we need to pack up in a hurry, or when it is pack up time, if you don't want to move your vehicle but instead want to go inside ASC for a while, you can take your equipment to your vehicle on wheels, rather than moving your vehicle and needing another parking validation. I'm thinking of bringing my flatbed wheels for this purpose.

5) Remember your Hats. Even if you plan to spend all your time under the canopy, there will be times you will be in the sun for set up and take down of the canopies, etc. Please, bring and wear your hats.

6) Sunscreen. I will pack sunscreen for those of us who will not have long sleeves on, or burn easily. Ask me if you want to use it.
I'm going to toss this list into the forum thread for this event so you can refer to it before leaving your house on Monday morning. Use it to remember what you have to bring. Here's the link:

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