AAAP and Partial Solar Eclipse of October 23, 2014

Postscript:

The AAAP shared the eclipse at Wagman Observatory and at various locations around the Greater Ptttsburgh Region and beyond.  From Wagman Observatory for the eclipse member Matt Jones made this 10 frames per second time lapse video you may enjoy.

Come out and get to know us at the Mingo Star Party Saturday, October 25, 2014 and the next meeting Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:30 PM at Carnegie Science Center.

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Pittsburghers who can find a clear horizon will see a brief view of the Partial Eclipse of the Sun when it begins at 5:47 PM, 249 degrees West, at 6.5 degrees above the horizon when the Moon Shadow touches the Sun’s edge.

Click on the screen captures below: (Stellarum,org)  5:52 PM looking west with Sun at  6.04 degrees elevation and a graphic (TimeandDate.com) of eclipse progress at 5:52 PM. It may take moments after clicking for the images to focus and the text to be readable.

Follow AAAP www.3ap.org and Like AAAP on Facebook for more updates and possible viewing suggestions. Remember NEVER look directly at the Sun, serious permanent eye damage could result.

Wagman Observatory has a good western horizon and is planning to open at 5:30 PM. Call Wagman Observatory for more details. (Wagman Observatory: Address: 225 Kurn Rd, Tarentum, PA 15084 Phone:(724) 224-2510)

AAAP members may come forward with additonal opportunities for safe viewing.

View this AAAP Facebook post and watch this exciting and educational NASA Solar  Eclipse viewing video: (It may take 30-60 seconds for the image of the post to load.)

There are many sources to find the eclipse information specific to your location, including CalSky:  http://www.calsky.com/cs.cgi , www.TimeandDate.com, the US Naval Observatory http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/index.php , etc.

 

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3 replies
  1. Nicholas
    Nicholas says:

    Does anyone know where you can buy eclipse glasses locally? I bought some on Amazon earlier this week, but several co-workers wanted to see the eclipse and it’s too late to order online now. Are there local stores that sell these?

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    • DeSantisK
      DeSantisK says:

      Nicholas,

      I would think in the Pittsburgh area you would be more successful looking for “welders glass.”

      Most references recommmend #14 (fourteen) or darker. #14 may be hard to find. Some people people will stack two #8’s. Do not take chances with your eyes if you are unsure. It is not worth risking permanent eye damage or blindness.

      “One of the most widely available filters for safe solar viewing is a number 14 welder’s glass, available through welding supply outlets.” from http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/safety.html

      Remember, AAAP is offering safe solar viewing at Wagman Observatory.

      Kathy

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      • Nicholas
        Nicholas says:

        Thanks; I’ll pass that information along. 🙂

        Most of them will barely make it home before the sun sets, so grabbing the kids and driving to the observatory isn’t a possibility. Welder’s goggles may be a good option, though.

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