On the Ocean: The Upcoming Solar Eclipse
View from the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center
On Monday Aug. 21, 2017, the United States will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. This 90-minute event will cover 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina.
A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the earth and sun during a new moon. During these rare events, the earth, moon and sun briefly form a straight line while traveling along their orbits. There are three types of solar eclipse: a total eclipse, like the one we are having on Aug. 21, is when the orbits are exactly aligned and moon appears to totally cover the sun. The second is a partial eclipse, which is when the moon only covers part of the sun, and an annular solar eclipse is when moon appears much smaller than the sun and passes across its face.
The Ocean Institute will have eclipse related activities and displays throughout the month of August and on eclipse day (Aug. 21), we will open one hour early at 9 a.m. The first 50 people through the door will receive a complimentary set of eclipse viewers.
Nathan Taxel is the director of outdoor education for the Ocean Institute.