A Total Eclipse of the Sun

Ready for the solar eclipse?

Here are two press releases to help you understand what is happening and how to get the most out of this experience.

According to NOAA,

A total solar eclipse- the first one visible in the United States in over 38 years- will occur on August 21, 2017. The path of totality will extend from Oregon to South Carolina. The last time a total solar eclipse extended from coast to coast in the United States was June 8, 1918! While the path of totality will pass north of the local area (across northern Oregon), a partial eclipse will be visible from northwest California during the mid to late morning. Weather permitting, residents of northwest California will be able to see a spectacular eclipse where the moon nearly covers the disk of the sun. Climatology favors better viewing conditions inland with a 55% chance of clear to partly cloudy skies at Eureka ranging to a 93% chance just east of the area in Redding. The eclipse will begin around 9:01 AM and end around 11:36 AM with the
maximum eclipse around 10:15 AM and a duration of about 2 hours and 34 minutes. The total obscuration (shadow coverage) will range from

91% at Crescent City to 81% at Ukiah and Fort Bragg. Remember, never look directly at the sun!

AT&T has some suggestions for you:

On August 21st, the small town of Madras, Oregon will welcome hundreds of thousands of people catching a glimpse of the solar eclipseAnd there’s no question people will snap, stream, andshare photos on their phones. To prepare for the mobile data demand, AT&T is boosting their network by deploying Cell on Wheels (COWs) in towns along the path of the full eclipse, also called the “path of totality”AT&T customers can expect boosted capacity by up to 300%.  

 

Here‘s how to  capture this once-in-a lifetime event:

1. Purchase a solar filter for your camera lens. These small filters limit the amount of light passing through the lens, protecting the camera from the bright light.

2. Properly focus the image. Lock your focus by manually tapping your smartphone screen and holding your finger on the image of the moon.

3. Center the focus on the edge of the moon on your screen. This makes it easier for the camera to auto-focus.

Unable to make it to one of the viewing locations in the path of totality? Catch NASA’s live-stream from several locations on NASA TV, Channel 352 on DIRECTV.

Whether you’re an astronomy buff or looking for a fun family summer activity, AT&T has you covered and connected for Total Eclipse 2017.

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