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Sunday, September 24, 2017
PRESS PHOTO BY SUSAN BRYANTHarmony Franklin of Bethlehem takes her turn at looking through the Celestron telescope to view the solar eclipse at Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown. The Da Vinci Center employee holding the telescope is Tiffany Visgaitis, education coordinator. PRESS PHOTO BY SUSAN BRYANTHarmony Franklin of Bethlehem takes her turn at looking through the Celestron telescope to view the solar eclipse at Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown. The Da Vinci Center employee holding the telescope is Tiffany Visgaitis, education coordinator.
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PRESS PHOTO BY RICH CHARTRANDHow the eclipse looked as it progressed across the Lehigh Valley. Our photo coverage continues on page A2. PRESS PHOTO BY RICH CHARTRANDHow the eclipse looked as it progressed across the Lehigh Valley. Our photo coverage continues on page A2.
Spending their last day this summer before leaving for college Joey Simmons and Ally Small, both from Bethlehem, sit with their homemade pinhole projector box for viewing the solar eclipse. Joey will be attending Temple University and Ally is attending James Madison University. Spending their last day this summer before leaving for college Joey Simmons and Ally Small, both from Bethlehem, sit with their homemade pinhole projector box for viewing the solar eclipse. Joey will be attending Temple University and Ally is attending James Madison University.
These girls were having a great time viewing the monumental solar eclipse at the Bethlehem Public Library. Both residing in Bethlehem, Molly Deuers and Emma Crosson are off to middle school this year. Emma’s glasses are comprised of eight pairs of sunglasses layered and secured in a cardboard frame for support. These girls were having a great time viewing the monumental solar eclipse at the Bethlehem Public Library. Both residing in Bethlehem, Molly Deuers and Emma Crosson are off to middle school this year. Emma’s glasses are comprised of eight pairs of sunglasses layered and secured in a cardboard frame for support.
What can be more fun and scientific than making a solar eclipse viewer from your favorite cereal box? That is how brothers Dylan Rogers and Joshua Rogers became space enthusiasts as their grandmother, Joanne Seif of Bethlehem, watched in delight. The boys live in Allentown. What can be more fun and scientific than making a solar eclipse viewer from your favorite cereal box? That is how brothers Dylan Rogers and Joshua Rogers became space enthusiasts as their grandmother, Joanne Seif of Bethlehem, watched in delight. The boys live in Allentown.
PRESS PHOTOS BY LORI PATRICKPhyllis Bailey visited her six grandchildren in Bethlehem this week and they came to the library to take part in the solar eclipse festivities. “With all the things going on in the world, an event like this shows us that God is still in control,” Bailey said. “This is such a phenomenon”. PRESS PHOTOS BY LORI PATRICKPhyllis Bailey visited her six grandchildren in Bethlehem this week and they came to the library to take part in the solar eclipse festivities. “With all the things going on in the world, an event like this shows us that God is still in control,” Bailey said. “This is such a phenomenon”.
As part of the Eclipse Viewing Party at Bethlehem Public Library, several arts and crafts activities were available. These children had fun making moon dough forms. As part of the Eclipse Viewing Party at Bethlehem Public Library, several arts and crafts activities were available. These children had fun making moon dough forms.
It was a perfect day to bring her family to the Bethlehem Public Library to share this historic event. Pictured are Josie Rodriguez with daughter Bella and son Antonio to her right while Kyoto watched the eclipse in motion with solar glasses provided by the library. The family resides in Bethlehem. It was a perfect day to bring her family to the Bethlehem Public Library to share this historic event. Pictured are Josie Rodriguez with daughter Bella and son Antonio to her right while Kyoto watched the eclipse in motion with solar glasses provided by the library. The family resides in Bethlehem.

Earth, the moon, the sun and the eclipse

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON apeterson@tnonline.com in Local News

Mark Twain fans may recall how a total eclipse helps protagonist Hank Morgan escape death and impress royalty and the magician Merlin when Morgan time travels to sixth century England after a blow to the head in Twain’s novel “A Connecticut Yankee in King’s Arthur’s Court.”

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse, visible to the continental United States, inspired scientists, baffled wildlife and dazzled star gazers with its celestial show.

The phenomenon even sparked a week’s plus posting of song lyrics tweeted by none other than Neil deGrasse Tyson, celebrated astrophysicist and science communicator, who tapped luminaries such as Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Bonnie Tyler and rock band Pink Floyd to mark the occasion.

And deGrasse Tyson set the record straight for more than a few amateur astronomers when he wrote Aug. 16 “total solar eclipses occur somewhere on earth every two years. So just calm yourself when people tell you they’re rare.”

Three celestial objects are needed to create a total solar eclipse; Earth, the moon and the sun.

The longest solar eclipse of the first decade of the 21st century happened July 22, 2009, lasting more than six minutes off the coast of Southeast Asia. The total solar eclipse of May 29, 1919, helped verify Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity.

The first solar eclipse to be photographed took place July 28,1851, and eclipses have been tracked and documented since ancient times, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, otherwise known as NASA. The last total eclipse viewed in the continental United States was March 7, 1970, in South Carolina. The last total eclipse in contiguous, meaning sharing a border, North America was Feb. 26, 1979, and extended through Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota in the United States and the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec in Canada.

In a solar eclipse, the moon completely blocks the sun’s disk allowing only the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, to be seen. The phenomenon has been known to cause animals to confuse day and night.

And an eclipse can impact human behavior as well.

The Register Guard, a newspaper in Eugene, Ore., reported traffic jams starting Aug. 18 as pilgrims made their way to be in the path of totality, or full darkness, extending from Oregon, where the eclipse made landfall, so to speak, to South Carolina. Oregon State Police documented a 15-mile traffic jam on Highway 26 heading through the town of Prineville as travelers made their way to a festival celebrating the eclipse. The traffic jam extended onto local roads in the area as well as eclipse fans traveled to the festival venue.

Local events included eclipse viewing parties at the main branch of the Bethlehem Public Library, Northampton Area Public Library, the Nature Nuture Center and the Crayola Experience, both in Easton and the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown.

Fifteen other total solar eclipses have crossed the path of the Aug. 21 event since 1503, according to NASA, and were witnessed by members of the Seminole, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Cherokee Nation, Cheyenne Nation and Shoshone Native American tribes as well as American settlers and others.

The next total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States will be April 8, 2024, and is expected to track from Texas to Maine.