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  Eclipse preview
Dan Glomski gives a close-up look at what the Aug. 21 solar eclipse will look like inside an inflatable planetarium. More than 125 students, parents and grandparents went through the presentation at NBE Friday which was funded by a grant from the North Bend Central Foundation.

Students get planetarium preview of eclipse

by Nathan Arneal
Published 8/9/17

To get a good look at the wonders in the sky, more than 125 people went indoors to the North Bend Elementary cafeteria Friday.

In 25-person shifts throughout the day, students, parents and grandparents entered an inflatable planetarium, a dome about eight feet tall with a diameter of about 12 feet.

Eclipse glasses
Ella Powell, right, gives her eclipse glasses a try while Aubrey Vosler gets her glasses ready. Everyone who attended the presentation was given special glasses that can be used to look at the sun.

Dan Glomski, a self-proclaimed “mad scientist” and “eclipse evangelist,” conducted the 30-minute presentations. Glomski works at the Edgerton Science Center in Aurora where part of his job is to take science on the road. With the upcoming August 21 eclipse, his portable planetarium presentation has been in high demand. This summer he had done 40 presentations along the eclipse’s path, from Scottsbluff to northeast Kansas.

“Kids are often told about the eclipse, but they don’t really know much about what’s going to happen,” Glomski said. “They heard it’s going to get dark. Even adults say it’s going to get dark, but even they don’t really know the experience either because most people have never seen a total solar eclipse. It’s a completely unique experience.”

The planetarium is able to simulate the eclipse, showing what the view will be like from Earth, as well as a close-up view.

Glomski said those in the path of total eclipse will see day turn into night and the stars come out. During totality, which will last about 2 minutes, 30 seconds in the center of the path, viewers will be able to view the eclipse without special glasses. They will see the sun’s corona shine around the dark outline of the moon. The horizon will glow with a 360-degree sunset.

The northern edge of the path of totality is about 40 or so miles southwest of North Bend. From North Bend, the sun will be 98.5 percent covered. The lighting will get dim, but not dark. At no time will North Bend viewers be able to look at the eclipse without eclipse glasses.

“Unfortunately, that 1.5 percent of the sun that won’t be covered here in North Bend really is going to make a huge difference,” Glomski said. “If you can make the trip farther south to where the eclipse is total, I can’t recommend you do so strongly enough.”

The eclipse will begin at 11:37 a.m. August 21 in North Bend, peak at 1:02 p.m. and end at 2:28 p.m.

 

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