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What you need to know about the Solar Eclipse & My Father's Advice to Me. Love Ya, Dad!

Eddy Milanes

Eddy Milanes has come a long way from pushing carts at Costco...

Eddy Milanes has come a long way from pushing carts at Costco...

Feb 8 5 minutes read

My Dad's passion has been always been astronomy and photography, combine those two together with a splash of an electrical engineer and a hint of OCD. 

We have one of the most passionate Cuban Astrophotographer in Simi Valley. He loves the universe and all its adventures. I have been fortunate to see Hailey Comet in 1986.  He booked a family cruise in the early 90's to view another solar eclipse.  That man has stayed up countless nights taking pictures of stars and planets. 

This year marks another adventure for the record books. He is currently in Weiser, Idaho to tackle this year "Great American Eclipse. " 

 Weiser Idaho will have a little over a full 2 minutes of total darkness.  Perfect recipe for Cuban with Telescope and an Expensive Camera. 

I tried for a video, but he declined due to preparation. We have been in constant contact and he has arrived and already negotiated a space for his observatory at a locals house. I learned from the best. 

He has advised me of just ONE safety tip for this year's eclipse with his Cuban accent.


😂 Cheers Senior Eddy and Good Luck Tomorrow. Love you 

What you need to know about the August 21st  Solar Eclipse.

The last time a total eclipse could be seen from the US was 1979, it will be 7 years before the next one in April 2024.

The total eclipse will sweep across 12 states in a little over an hour and a half. Stretching all the way from the coast of of Oregon to the eastern edge of South Carolina, the moon will momentarily block the face of the sun, sending the land below in darkness, making stars and planets visible in the middle of the day.  

What is a Total Eclipse?

To get an eclipse you need the moon to pass directly between the sun and the Earth.  If you are standing in the moon's shadow on Earth, you will see the sky darken and the temperature drop.  When the moon completely covers the sun, a part of the sun that scientists rarely can study without special equipment... the Corona.  The corona is the outermost part of the sun's atmospere.  The corona is usually hidden by the bright light of the sun's surface.  During the total eclipse, the corona is visible when the moon blocks out the bright light of the sun.  

When will it occur?

The totality begins at 10:15 am in Lincoln Beach, Oregon and will travel at roughly 1,500 miles an hour and end in Charleston, South Carolina around 2:45 pm.  It will make its way from Oregon to Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Because of the moon orbits around the Earth at a pace of 2,100 miles per hour,  each spot on the path will experience only about 2 minutes of the totality.  

Why is this so important?

This is a rare event.  It's the first time the path of totality will eclipse only over the contiguous United States.  The last time a total eclipse occured in the US was 1979.  The next time a total solar eclipse will cover from coast to coast will be in 2045.  Even though the next total solar eclipse will occur in 2024, it won't be till 2045 that it will travel across the entire US.  

How to view it?

Scientist warn that you should never look directly at the sun unless you are within the the path of totality and it is completely covered by the moon.  Purchasing a pair of eclipse glasses is the best way to protect your eyes and view this rare phenomenon. 

What can we see in California?

Californians will only see a partial eclipse.  The sun will look more like a crescent.  67% percent of the sun's light will be blocked out in Northern California and 62% in Southern California.  The eclipse will begin at 9:02 am and will last until 11:54 am.  Scientist believes that at 10:21 am on August 21st the eclipse will be at 60%, the most we will see here in Ventura County.  

Where can I find out more information?

NASA has a whole page dedicated to all the information needed for the Total Solar Eclipse.  

We hope that you set you alarms and experience this "Great American Eclipse".

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