EXCHANGE: Eclipse trackers to contribute to more research
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — While most people were reveling in totality during the 2017 solar eclipse, a small team of local amateur astronomers were hard at work, carefully training their telescopes on the corona of light and plasma visible at the sun's outer edges.
Their hundreds of photographs are now in the hands of researchers at the National Solar Observatory and other institutes, who are using them to study the atmosphere of the sun and its weather.
Editorials from around Oregon
Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:
Corvallis Gazette-Times, Aug. 21, on memories of eclipse enduring a year later:
What a difference a year makes: This week, we're looking at the gray, dark skies around the mid-valley and cursing the smoke created by the region's wildfires.
Homestead National Monument is a National Park Service site dedicated to remembering the Homestead Act of 1862. The Homestead Act gave individuals up to 160 acres of land at no cost if they built a home and lived on the homestead for five years, improving the land through cultivation.
The Homestead Act gave away 10 percent of all land in the U.S. during the 123 years it was in effect. In total, more than 270 million acres of land was distributed under the Homestead Act.
Thousands of visitors last August contributed to Homestead National Monument of America hitting its highest annual attendance on record.
Homestead Park Superintendent Mark Engler said the unofficial count for 2017 was 123,399 visitors, setting a new record and marking the second year ever that attendance has topped six figures.
Last year’s attendance intensified in August, as the total solar eclipse generated international attention for the National Park Service site.
Solar eclipse, loveable baby hippo warmed hearts in 2017
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It wasn't all doom and gloom in 2017. The year was also filled with awe-inspiring moments that united us and warmed the heart.
2017 saw unusual warmth, hail like ‘billiard balls’ — but one Nebraska weather story eclipsed all others
Clouds usually aren’t a big deal.
But for one day in August, clouds threatened to muck up the most-anticipated celestial event of the year.
The Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse mesmerized the nation and drew visitors from around the globe as it traversed the width of the U.S. from the northwest to the southeast. It was the first to cross the entire continental United States since 1918.
Long-overdue budget, eclipse among top Illinois 2017 stories
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Legislature passed a long-overdue state budget this year and people in southern Illinois got to witness a long-awaited total solar eclipse.
Those were among the state's biggest stories in 2017, a year that also saw disturbing violence, changes for some of Illinois' most notable people and more headlines about the Chicago Police Department.
Here are The Associated Press' Top 10 Illinois stories of 2017:
Top 10 Local News Stories of 2017: No. 10 — Total Solar Eclipse Wows Sun-gazers in Boulder County
Top 10 local news stories of 2017
Through Dec. 31, the Times-Call will count down the top stories of the year, as selected by the newspaper's editors.
10. Boulder County wowed by total solar eclipse
Scientific data gathered from the first full solar eclipse to stretch from coast to coast in the United States in nearly a century are still being processed, and research papers informed by the celestial spectacle likely will trickle out in academic journals for years to come.
Solar eclipse, loveable baby hippo warmed hearts in 2017
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It wasn't all doom and gloom in 2017. The year was also filled with awe-inspiring moments that united us and warmed the heart.
2017 eclipse showered Wyoming with visitors and money
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Nearly 192,000 people traveled to Wyoming to view last summer's total solar eclipse, boosting the state's economy by an estimated $63.5 million, according to an analysis released Monday by the state Tourism Office.
"That's phenomenal when you have all of this new money being pumped into the economy," Diane Shober, executive director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism, said.
Question from a Junction City reader: “After the eclipse, there was an article in the paper that said there would be a place to recycle our eclipse glasses so they could be used again and not end up in the trash. Where can we recycle them?”
Event had an estimated economic impact of $127 million in Nebraska
LINCOLN — The day that the moon cast Nebraska into darkness proved a bright spot for the state’s economy.
The Aug. 21 solar eclipse had an estimated $127 million economic impact from lodging and travel spending across the state, according to a study done for the Nebraska Tourism Commission.
Episode 3: Are you ready for the total eclipse of the sun?
A total solar eclipse will take place Aug. 21, and it will be visible in a 60-mile-wide band across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina.
In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” hosted by AP Travel Editor Beth Harpaz, Associated Press science writer Marcia Dunn tells us everything we need to know about destinations, events, eye protection and more to experience “totality,” as that darkness-in-daylight phenomenon is called.
Still have solar eclipse glasses? N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is collecting them for international project
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh is collecting eclipse glasses now through Oct. 1 for Astronomers Without Borders.
The international program works on efforts to make it possible for everyone to enjoy the wonders of the night sky and other events, according to its website. To see a solar eclipse, viewers must use eclipse glasses or risk serious eye damage and even blindness. But, for many in the developing world, glasses are too expensive to purchase.
SC agency looks at sun’s eclipse for green it generated
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina wants to shine a light on about how much money last month's total solar eclipse generated for businesses.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/2vZEWxE ) the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism has hired a firm to find out about travelers' planning, preferences and money spent for the eclipse weekend. Agency director Duane Parrish says the results are expected within a couple weeks.
University collecting solar eclipse glasses for 2019 event
ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Grand Valley State University's Regional Math and Science Center is collecting eclipse glasses for a 2019 total solar eclipse that will be visible from the Pacific Ocean to parts of South America.
South Carolina couple sues Amazon over eclipse glasses
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina couple is suing online retailer Amazon over what they claim were faulty pairs of eclipse glasses that resulted in eye injuries, headaches and blurry vision.
In court papers filed in federal court this week, Thomas Corey Payne and Kayla Harris of Charleston said they began experiencing the symptoms after viewing the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 using glasses purchased on Amazon.
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I decided to write this week about the first day of the school year for the Greenwich Public School System, which is Thursday. Until my husband pointed out I couldn’t write about something I had yet to experience.
“Yes but I know the whole back-to-school deal, the mixed emotions, the new backpacks,” I responded. “I have been through many back-to-school routines already. I know what to expect.”
But, as usual, Ian had landed on some kind of annoying fundamental truth.
Cindy Lange-Kubick: Totality bummed in 2017, in search of a bright side
I’m wondering about the price of a plane ticket to Argentina.
My preoccupation with Buenos Aires — and its upcoming date with a total solar eclipse —began shortly after 1:02 p.m. last Monday, as I gazed upward in anticipation of totality, only to find God had called in the clowns.
I mean clouds.
Excuse me? America’s Celestial Event of the Century and my viewing spot was jinxed by an upper-level disturbance at T-minus 2 minutes?
Short-term rentals spiked across South Carolina as visitors flocked to S.C. for solar eclipse
With hordes of visitors coming to South Carolina last week to catch the solar eclipse but too few hotels to lodge them, homeowners earned millions of dollars renting their homes to the star-gazing travelers.
The solar eclipse swept across the United States along a narrow path from coast to coast in a remarkable display on Aug. 21, to the amazement of millions of people.
I sure hope that wherever you were during the solar eclipse last Monday, you enjoyed what you witnessed. I was in Missouri, and despite the fact that this was the second total solar eclipse I've seen in my lifetime, it was so special to share it with my wife and good friends. If the good Lord permits, I plan to see the next total solar eclipse in USA on April 8, 2024, although there'll be many more solar eclipses across the world between now and then. Time to check my frequent flyer miles!
Grand Teton sees record burst of visitors during eclipse
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Monday's total solar eclipse turned out to be a record-breaking event for Grand Teton National Park as people from around the world jammed into the northwest Wyoming park to get a glimpse of the eclipse against a backdrop of scenic mountain peaks.
The weekend before the eclipse and the day of the eclipse resulted in the "busiest weekend in the history of the park," park spokeswoman Denise Germann said Friday.
On the Beat: Clemson players enjoy solar eclipse, Texans make a decision on Deshaun Watson
CLEMSON — At lunch time on Monday, the Clemson football team was eating lunch when Dabo Swinney turned on an educational film via the dining facility's flatscreen television.
The solar eclipse was about two hours away, and Swinney wanted his Clemson football players to be informed.
I was among the droves of people who hit the road for the solar eclipse earlier this week. Here's my when, how, why and "what the —?" of that experience.
8 months before eclipse
October 2016: Co-workers Lisa and Steve are geeking out over the solar eclipse coming August 21, 2017. They're reading websites, researching "path of totality" charts, and booking hotel rooms in Nebraska. I decide I want in on this action.
The solar eclipse brought large crowds to both Scotts Bluff National Monument and Legacy of the Plains Museum.
The Scotts Bluff National Monument saw a large increase in the number of visitors over the weekend, likely due to the influx of people visiting western Nebraska for the 2017 Great American Eclipse.
Ranger Lesley Gaunt didn’t have final numbers, but the approximations clearly show more visitors than normal.
Indiana professor collects glasses to save for 2024 eclipse
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A college professor in northeast Indiana is collecting solar eclipse glasses in preparation for the total solar eclipse in 2024.
Thousands of eclipse glasses were sold or distributed through schools, public viewing parties, retailers and science museums in Fort Wayne for the Great American Eclipse.
Nebraska electricity demand drops during total solar eclipse
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Power companies say electricity demand in Nebraska dropped during the solar eclipse, stumping utilities that had braced for a surge in energy consumption during the event.
Arkansas State University helps NASA retrieve eclipse data
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A team of Arkansas State University students and professors has partnered with NASA to retrieve solar eclipse data for the space agency.
KATV-TV reports that professors Tillman Kennon and Ross Carroll led a team of at least 50 university students who traveled to Missouri to retrieve the data for Monday's eclipse.
Pocatello’s Great American Eclipse baby: Olivia Rose Johnson born during solar eclipse
Pocatello residents Troy and Lauren Johnson had their firstborn child, Olivia Rose Johnson, at 12:08 p.m. on Monday at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. The birth occurred just 35 minutes after the 2017 solar eclipse reached 100 percent totality throughout parts of Idaho.By Shelbie Harris, firstname.lastname@example.orgPOCATELLO — Thousands of people watched the moon temporarily block the sun on Monday during the 2017 Great American Eclipse, but Lauren Johnson did not because she was lying in a Portneuf Medical Center bed giving birth to her daughter, Olivia Rose.
It was just two minutes of darkness.
But for some, it was months or years in the making and a memory that will last a lifetime. Visitors and locals gathered on top of peaks, along highways in national parks and forests and in Town Square to watch as the moon slid in front of the sun and plunged the valley into a peaceful, yet eerie, dusk.
The Great American Eclipse may be over, but knowing Fort Wayne's proximity to the 2024 total solar eclipse has prompted one college professor to collect the protective eyewear that allowed people to witness Monday's celestial spectacle.
Whether through schools, public viewing parties, retailers and places such as Science Central, thousands of eclipse glasses were sold or distributed citywide for the partial eclipse, likely leaving many wondering whether the glasses are more than a keepsake.
POCATELLO — Thousands of people watched the moon temporarily block the sun on Monday during the 2017 Great American Eclipse, but Lauren Johnson did not because she lying in a Portneuf Medical Center bed giving birth to her daughter, Olivia Rose.
The world welcomed Pocatello residents Laura and Troy’s firstborn child at 12:08 p.m on Monday. Weighing in at 7 pounds 10 ounces, Olivia was born just 35 minutes after the eclipse reached 100 percent totality for those watching in certain areas.
Illinois scientists to study weather data from eclipse
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Two teams of scientists from the Illinois State Water Survey have collected weather data during the first coast-to-coast U.S. solar eclipse since 1918 and plan to analyze the findings.
Two states, two satellites and long hikes: Covering the eclipse a tech geek’s delight
Believe it or not, solar eclipses on Earth aren’t particularly rare events. In fact, they happen about once every 18 months or so somewhere on the globe. But a solar eclipse coming through your own state? That is rare, and it’s worth our attention – and a little drive to get into the path of totality!<br /> <br /> We’ve known about the eclipse for more than a year and began planning in earnest about eight months ago, scoping out potential locations and deciding how we wanted to bring...
Huffman resident Enell Cooper gazed skyward through a pair of solar eclipse glasses just outside the entrance to Harris County Public Library Crosby-Edith Fae Cook Cole Branch in Crosby.
Spectators gathered across the Courierarea on Monday to view the solar eclipse. Several organizations held viewing parties with music, food and, of course, eclipse glasses. More than 200 people watched from Clifty Falls State Park and Bicentennial Park downtown where free glasses were handed out. Between both locations, 450 of the glasses were available. Over the course of about two hours, eclipse-watchers soaked up a little sunshine as they spread across the grass, taking peeks at the celestial event. As light dimmed and temperatures dipped slightly, watchers settled into their spots to take in the solar eclipse in about 90 percent totality. Some seemed disappointed, expecting complete darkness during the eclipse. Instead, it resembled an overcast day. The next total solar eclipse over America will be April 8, 2024, when it moves from Texas through the Midwest and further north.
Eclipse of the heart: SC lawmaker engaged during totality
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — How do you top the celestial event of a lifetime? By getting engaged, totally.
That's what one South Carolina lawmaker did during Monday's total solar eclipse. State Rep. Micah Caskey, 36, told The Associated Press that he started planning two months ago to pop the question to his girlfriend Erin Harris during the eclipse's totality, when the moon moved directly in front of the sun.
Man proposes to girlfriend during solar eclipse totality
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — A Seattle couple became engaged as the solar eclipse reached totality in Oregon.
The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/2wvb00Z ) Stephan Baker proposed to his girlfriend Julia DuBois as the sky darkened Monday morning.
DuBois says she cried tears of joy as her boyfriend surprised her with a marriage proposal.
PUHI — The first time Kauai Community College professor Dr. Michael Hannawald saw a solar eclipse, he was a little boy growing up in Germany.
While he wasn’t able to see the totality of the solar eclipse Monday morning at KCC, he was still able to provide students from KCC and Island School an opportunity to view the eclipse at a party he organized.
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BULLHEAD CITY — Steve Sterk works for NASA. If he were to give you advice about viewing a solar eclipse it would be smart to take it.
Though it was somewhat exaggerated for a young audience, it was still wise: Don’t look up at the sun without special solar filter glasses.
The Latest: Car strikes 2 women watching eclipse, 1 dies
The Latest on the total solar eclipse crossing the U.S., from Oregon to South Carolina (all times EDT):
Authorities say two women watching the eclipse while standing on a sidewalk in Kentucky were struck by a car, and one has died.
State Police Trooper Jody Sims says the car crossed the center line and hit a utility pole and the pedestrians Monday in Hyden, about 120 miles (190 kilometers) southeast of Lexington.
Keith lay across the curb and concrete. Then he stood and walked over by the trees and looked up. Then he turned to his left, and to his right. The young elementary student did everything he possibly could to take in a historical moment as he joined millions across the country gazing at the first solar eclipse in almost four decades.
"I'm having fun," little Keith Vollert told the Dayton News. "This is really cool!"
A moment of awe as clouds clear in time for eclipse in Madison
A collective roar of “oohs” and “aahs” swept across UW-Madison’s Memorial Union Terrace about 12:30 pm Monday as the clouds parted to reveal the emerging solar eclipse.
For the next two hours, the nearly 2,200 visitors to the Terrace donned their special glasses to steal a glimpse of the first total solar eclipse since 1979 to traverse the length of the contiguous United States.
“It was amazing,” said Mary Hurley, a campus payroll and benefits specialist.
Here’s what you need to know about Monday’s total solar eclipse
Whether you’re one of the millions of Americans planning to watch Monday’s total solar eclipse as it moves across the country or you’re hearing about it for the first time, here’s what you need to know:
As the moon inched closer to obscuring the afternoon sun, hundreds of people gathered Monday on the Allen County Public Library plaza to watch the Great American Eclipse.
Despite rationing efforts, the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society quickly distributed 400 pairs of eclipse glasses, but those without a pair weren't out of luck. Filtered telescopes and various projection methods : including a pegboard and pinhole devices : provided other ways to witness Mother Nature's spectacle.
HARLINGEN — Andy Miller trekked to his sister’s home in Western Kentucky to view the solar eclipse on a hill in her backyard.
“It was just incredible,” Miller said. “But it ended much too soon.”
He said Venus, Jupiter and the rings of Saturn were also viewable from where he was yesterday.
Monday's total solar eclipse brought people from all over the country to Aiken County.
Lindsey Asbill, with the Aiken County Visitors Center on Laurens Street, said the center welcomed an unusual amount of foot traffic before the eclipse.
"We saw a lot of people from all over the country," Asbill said. "There were some that came from Florida and New Jersey to see the eclipse."
The Visitors Center saw upward of 100 people prior to the eclipse Monday, she said.