(Pictured: 2008 solar eclipse from Russia. (Kalan, CC BY 3.0))
On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will be visible from Oregon to South Carolina. This event will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for millions in the United States who will get to experience what happens, for a brief period of time, when day turns to night - assuming the weather cooperates of course. The last time the U.S. had such a coast-to-coast view of a total solar eclipse was almost 100 years ago.
There will be many articles about the majesty and importance of total solar eclipses in the coming weeks, leading up to the momentous event. We have written a list, however, that outlines perhaps lesser-known things about the phenomenon that makes total solar eclipses possible: light. From why shadows are important in science to the many different kinds of light we use in science today, we've outlined a few fun things to consider before our Sun temporarily goes dark on August 21st, 2017.
Pictured: Solar Eclipse by Kurt Kulac on 2006-03-29, CC-BY-SA-2.5 and GNU FDL
You can read the full list in our article at the HuffPost.
To help kick off our early celebrations of the light (and the dark) of the upcoming eclipse, we have also posted a new #AmazonGiveaway! Enter for a chance to win a free copy of "Light: The Visible Spectrum and Beyond" (pictured below), no purchase necessary.
Through out this week of light and dark, we'll be posting shareable web graphics (like the one below) of our top ten tidbits on light on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook, doing a second giveaway on Instagram, and generally having fun with one of our favorite topics - LIGHT.
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A solar eclipse like the one many in America will be able to experience this summer provides a great opportunity to reflect (pun intended!) on the wonders of light and what it does for us.
-Kim & Megan
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