Technology Bill Nye on an eclipse's beauty and the wonder of science

10:12  21 august  2017
10:12  21 august  2017 Source:   CBS News

What you need to know about this month’s total solar eclipse

  What you need to know about this month’s total solar eclipse Mark your calendar: Aug. 21 is the Great American Eclipse. That’s when people in a 70-mile path from Oregon to South Carolina will have the eerie midday experience of seeing the sun blotted out by the moon. Even if you’re outside the main path, you can still get the treat of a partial eclipse. (Find out the exact eclipse time for your area here, and we have separate audio stories above and below for those in the path of the total or partial eclipse, respectively.) Also, we want your eclipse plans, stories and photos. “Totality begins at about 10:15 [a.m.

Right now, though, thoughts from bestselling author Bill Nye , the Science Guy For most of us, tomorrow' s eclipse will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Delight in its beauty . But also, appreciate that our science got us here.

Draw a line with a felt-tip marker from Portland, Oregon, to Atlanta, Bill Nye the Science Guy said, and you’ve basically recreated the path upon which people can view the total eclipse of the sun Monday.

We're just a day away from the greatest show ABOVE Earth ... which, of course, CBS News will bring tomorrow afternoon. Right now, though, thoughts from bestselling author Bill Nye, the Science Guy:

Tomorrow, we will have a chance to experience a total eclipse of the sun. The moon, which itself is probably the product of a 4.5-billion-year-old celestial collision, will pass between us and our life-giving star, the sun.

If you're in the path of totality, day will turn to night. The heat of a summer midday will briefly turn cool. Stars, otherwise invisible during the day, will emerge from the darkness.

Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse

  Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse <p>When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching the eclipse while monitoring temperature changes, animal behavior and radio signals bouncing around the atmosphere.</p>The prospect of a total solar eclipse, the first to travel coast-to-coast in this country in nearly a century, has inspired dozens of citizen science projects involving solar physics, atmosphere and biology.

Bill Nye on an eclipse ' s beauty and the wonder of science . How to stream the American solar eclipse of 2017: Start time, livestream and more. All of North America will get at least a partial eclipse . Central America and the top of South America will also see the moon cover part of the sun.

Draw a line with a felt-tip marker from Portland, Oregon, to Atlanta, Bill Nye the Science Guy said, and you’ve basically recreated the path upon which people can view the total eclipse of the sun Monday. With a country’ s worth of options, Nye , CEO of the Planetary Society

It's a wonderful, awe-inspiring interlude. But be safe! An eclipse can become so fascinating that one can end up staring right at the sun for minutes on end. As I'm sure you've heard, be sure to wear proper eye protection.

This eclipse will pass right over the U.S. But a total solar eclipse can be celebrated by everyone on Earth.

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Each of us can take a moment to consider the diligence of our ancestors -- Copernicus, Newton and Leavitt -- who came to understand our solar system's planets and moons, who measured the fantastic distances between them and came to know their orbital motions. I hope we all get a chance to see the bright beads of sunlight that appear as the mountains of the moon interrupt sunbeams. When Galileo pointed out that the moon is an imperfect sphere marked by spires and valleys, he was imprisoned.

What time is the solar eclipse where I live?

  What time is the solar eclipse where I live? You'll need perfect timing to catch the exact moment the moon blocks the sun in your city. The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 lasts less than a minute in some places, while a partial eclipse can be visible for an hour or more.

Host Bill Nye gets kids fired up about science , sharing his enthusiasm for all its branches, from astronomy to complex ideas about genetics. The Science Guy explains the wonders of the body' s digestive system and how it works like a finely tuned machine to turn food into energy.

Science Guy Bill Nye is thrown a deep religious hypothetical: If there is a god that is truly good, intelligent and all-knowing, should we submit to And increasingly those who dare to examine faith end up wondering why, if there is an omniscient overlord of Earth, are there tornadoes, and earthquakes?

We've come a long way. That we humble humans can understand all of this is remarkable, and despite all the troubles around us today, it fills me with optimism about our species and our future.

Modern astronomers predict eclipses like this one with an accuracy that no psychic, no faith healer, no tarot card reader can approach. For most of us, tomorrow's eclipse will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Delight in its beauty.

But also, appreciate that our science got us here.

I hope this brief period reminds us all that we share a common origin among the stars and that we are all citizens of the same planet. Tomorrow, let's celebrate being alive right now, in this universe, and marvel at humankind's ability to observe this phenomenon, and to understand the cosmos and our place within it.

This is the only eclipse photo you need .
If your friends are anything like mine, every single social app that encourages over-sharing is full of blurry eclipse photos right now.&nbsp;A NASA photographer captured this incredible eclipse photobomb during the partial eclipse. If you look closely, you can see the International Space Station transiting over the front of the sun, just before the moon blocks everything out.

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