Please be aware that taking pictures of the eclipse with your smart phone could possibly damage the image sensor. WSB-TV explains in a video how this happens and shows how you can use a pair of safety glasses as a filter, making sure you are not looking directly at the sun yourself.
With 4 days until the 2017 Solar Eclipse, we thought we’d share some of the cool information we have found. First, please be assured that we have purchased legitimate eclipse glasses from a source TSE17, not a third party vendor, recommended by the American Astronomical Society from a link on the NASA Eclipse viewing recommendations. They have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.
In addition to having eclipse glasses, we will have alternative viewing stations such as as Sun Funnel, which some students will be building tomorrow, as well as the binocular viewer shown to left. Students can easily build a pinhole viewer like the one on the below as well. Here are some other ways to view the eclipse by Exploratorium.
We plan to have a temperature tracking station as well as students observing for changes in wildlife behavior. TCPICS will also be here to take safe pictures of the eclipse. We will also take pictures of the viewers during various phases of the eclipse and we plan to stream live on Facebook. Students will NOT want to photograph the actual eclipse as it can potentially damage the image sensor if a proper filter is not used. If they photograph other things, and the crowd, they should NOT USE A FLASH as it will ruin the dark adaptation of people’s eyes and spoil the show. (see info below)
We hope to have a very memorable day where the students experience an amazing celestial phenomena.
Below are some eclipse related links sorted by topic:
Keyeion was selected to participate in The Smithsonian Student Adventures 2017 Costa Rica 10 Day Surf & Service Program this past summer. This is an awesome program where students learn to surf from local professionals, practice Spanish language skills with locals, and contribute towards an environmental service project.
In addition to fundraising $1000 by himself, he was also awarded a $700 Journalism Fellows Scholarship by The Smithsonian Student Adventures program!
On Monday, August 21, we will be having an eclipse party for students and parents who wish to join us. The entire day of instruction will be focused on the eclipse and we will be running a modified schedule:
During the morning classes we will be having age & grade appropriate eclipse lessons and activities
At 11:30 we will start serving lunch, thanks to our very own grillmaster, Mr. Jerry.
At 1:04:52.5 PM the eclipse will begin (alt 66°), and we will have a Hawaiian Ice truck there for treats, on us! At this time, all students will be outside on the field by the school for the viewing. See note below regarding safety glasses.
At 2:35:40.5 PM, maximum coverage for the eclipse (alt 65°) (97.59%)
At 2:50 PM we will begin getting students ready for pick-up
At 4:00:54.1 PM the eclipse will be over (alt 52°). We will still be here if necessary for unexpected late pickups as a result of traffic.
If you plan to come observe with us, please park at First Baptist Church, just on the other side of the 92 overpass, and walk down. We will most likely have to use the parking lot as the trailer may not be picked up by then.
We are asking that parents delay arriving for pick upuntil 3:00 pm or later, as we have very limited space and all the students will be outside, it will be very dark around 2:35 during the peak of the eclipse. We want to ensure the safety of all students. Students can stay until 4:00 if they wish, to see the entire eclipse. The trailer will not be removed yet so our planned viewing area is now the parking lot.
We also realize that with Cobb, Paulding, and Marietta City schools all delaying dismissal, as late as 45 minutues, there may very likely be unusual traffic patterns so we are prepared for later pick ups as a result.
If you wish to keep your student home that day, or take a family trip to northeast Georgia to view the eclipse in the path of totality, or to some local science event, it will be considered an excused absence. However PLEASE take pictures and share them with us on social media!
**We have enough safety glasses for all of the students and teachers, plus some extras. These glasses are certified to meet the standards for DIN ISO 12312-2-2015, They are approved by the ICS Institute for optimal safety. We will also have plenty of instruction on the dangers of looking directly at the sun.
We are not in the path of totality,
there will be NO SAFE TIME to view
the eclipse without safety glasses.