Solar eclipse to put some in the dark
A partial solar eclipse will be witnessed at 6:43 a.m. along the entire eastern seaboard, including Jacksonville, coming up early on Sunday morning making for a heavenly spectacle.
Solar eclipses are not the same as lunar eclipses. A lunar eclipse is where the Earth moves between the Sun and the moon. When the moon moves into the Earth's umbra (shadow), the moon turns orange or red to what some people call a 'blood moon.'
However a solar eclipse is where the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. These are far more hazardous to witness as looking directly at the Sun, obviously, is not very bright. (Pun intended. )
According to 'Harry Caray' played by Will Ferrell on 'Infinite Universe,' "if you stare at the Sun long enough, it'll burn your eyes out." (He once starred at the Sun for over an hour. Consider the source).
The safest way to view the eclipse is through a pinhole projector (how-to instructions are easily available online). Even a pair of welders goggles rated 14 or higher will protect your eyes enough to take a peak.
Again, looking at the Sun directly can and will permanently damage the retinas in your eyes. Remember as kids taking a magnified glass and using it to focus sunlight onto a leaf and burning it? Your eye lens act the exact same way. It'll focus the sunlight on your eye and permanently damage your sight. You've been warned.
The viewing should be nearly perfect with clear skies across the entire area but it will be cold with lows in the 40s. The best viewing will be at the beaches where there are no obstacles.
If you are not able to capture the astronomical show, the next eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014. For those wanting a total 'blackout' of the Sun, you'll have to wait until August 2017 for the next total solar eclipse in Jacksonville.
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