Are you prepared for the solar eclipse?
For the first time since 1979, the United States will get to witness a total solar eclipse on August 21st. What happens during a total solar eclipse? The moon will pass over the sun and eventually block it’s light which will bring complete darkness to the sky for 2-3 minutes. Those who live in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina will all be in the direct path to see the total solar eclipse. Vermont unfortunately, is not in the direct path of the total solar eclipse but we will still be able to witness a partial solar eclipse starting at 1:22pm and ending at 3:53pm in Burlington.
The next total solar eclipse in the United States will take place on April 8th, 2024 and will cross through; Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
What to expect during the total solar eclipse:
Besides total or partial darkness in the sky depending on where you live, you may also notice that animals might start acting a little strange. For the fish in parts of the Atlantic and Pacific, there will be a moment of temporary darkness during the middle of the day, which will cause a few minutes of decreased rates of photosynthesis. The fish may begin their “evening rituals” during middle of the day and then return back to normal after a few minutes.
For the Plants, Birds and Mammals the total solar eclipse will cause similar effects. The plants will slow down their rate of photosynthesis for a few minutes. For other animals, they may find it to be a strange time for it to get dark outside. There has also been evidence of birds and animals acting strange. Bats may appear during the day, birds fly back to their nests, orb-weaving spiders have been known to destroy their webs. Although nothing significantly strange happens during this period, it is important to note that most animals will act as though they are going through their evening routines during this time but will go back to normal after the eclipse passes.
If you plan on watching the solar eclipse, it is important to wear protective eye wear. Looking directly at the sun can cause temporary or permanent damage to the retinas. The most dangerous time to look is during a partial solar eclipse. Since Vermont will only be experiencing a partial solar eclipse, we need to be extra cautious while viewing this spectacular event! Make sure to keep you and your families eyes safe during the solar eclipse.
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Hope this helps to make your solar eclipse viewing a little more safe and special!