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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Aaron Clevenson
Author: Aaron ClevensonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am the observatory director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD. I am also an adjunct astronomy professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I teach solar system astronomy and stars and galaxies astronomy. I am the author of the astronomy textbook, “Astronomy for Mere Mortals.” I am a past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and was the chair of Astronomy Day in Southeast Texas in 2015 and 2016. He is an observing program director with The Astronomical League, coordinates their Master Observer Progression Awards, and has authored six of their observing programs.