2017-08-16 / ChatterBox

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By Deborah Bennett

Next Monday, Aug. 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse. This occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun in the sky.

During totality, the area inside the moon's shadow is cloaked in twilight, a very strange feeling to experience in the middle of the day. Just before and just after totality, observers can see this cloak of darkness moving toward them across the landscape, and then moving away. Unfortunately, we are not in the path of the total eclipse. So, we just witness a partial eclipse.

The path of totality for the total solar eclipse is about 70 miles wide and stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. It passes through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The time of the eclipse depends upon where you live. In Georgia and South Carolina, expect to start to see something happening between 1-4 p.m. Cities in the path of the total eclipse include Clayton, Georgia and Columbia, S.C.

Anyone planning to view the total solar eclipse of 2017 should get a pair of solar viewing glasses. These protective shades make it possible for observers to look directly at the sun before and after totality. Locally, you can get these at the Jenkins County Memorial Library until the supplies run out. The library is also sponsoring an Eclipse Party from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Aug. 21st.

I recall a total solar eclipse occurring here in the 1970’s and it was something to see. The sky literally went dark at mid-day! We won’t see that, but it will still be something worth watching. So, get your glasses and prepare to look to the sky on Aug. 21st!

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Col. James Eldridge Davis, U.S. Air Force, DoD Pentagon, Washington D.C.; TSgt. Jeremy M. Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; CPT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Tech Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-4 Christopher Simmons, U.S. Army, Missouri; E-3 Ralphael Franklin Lovett, U.S. Army, Kuwait; E-4 Rhonda Lovett, U.S. Army Reserve, Augusta, GA; Airman First Class Aaron Comstock, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-5 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 25th Sustainment Brigade, HHC 25th Special Troops Battalion, Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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