August hosts a total solar eclipse crossing the United States. This is a rare event, and totality is awe-inspiring. Solar eclipses happen at most twice yearly. The moon’s shadow casts a line across the Earth. There are three types of solar eclipses: total, partial and annular. A total eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun and completely covers it. A partial eclipse is more common and is when the moon misses the sun slightly and covers part of the sun. The third type is when the alignment is for a total eclipse but the moon appears smaller than the sun; there is a ring of sun around the moon. This is an annular eclipse.
Come to the Insperity Observatory for public night and pick up a pair of eclipse sunglasses. We are open the first Friday night of each month from sunset to 10 p.m. Visit humbleisd.net/observatory.
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