Frequently Asked Questions
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What is a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon's path crosses in front of the sun blocking all or some of its light to a portion of the Earth's surface. Those who live in the narrow path of totality get to experience the interesting and unusual interstellar phenomenon.
When is the next solar eclipse?
The total solar eclipse is happening on April 8th, 2024. In Toledo, totality (darkness) will happen at 3:12pm and last until 3:15pm. The partial solar eclipse begins at 1:56pm and ends at 4:26pm. There won't be another total solar eclipse over Toledo until 2099!
What happens during totality?
It's awesome. The sky will darken, literally turning day to night. People in the path of a total solar eclipse can see the Sun’s corona, the outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by its bright face. A total solar eclipse is the only type of solar eclipse where viewers can momentarily remove their eclipse glasses (which are not the same as regular sunglasses) for a brief time when the Moon is completely blocking the Sun.
What are Baily's Beads?
Baily's Beads are the small bits of light seen on the edge of the sun, right before the moon completely covers it and totality begins. The spots are seen because the surface of the moon is uneven and filled with mountains, valleys and craters. The phenomenon is named after Francis Baily, a British astronomer, who discovered the occurrence.
Is it safe to look at an eclipse?
It is safe to view an eclipse with the naked eye ONLY DURING TOTALITY when the sun's disk is completely covered by the moon. Otherwise, skywatchers need proper eye protection (eclipse glasses, not sunglasses). NEVER LOOK AT A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE WITHOUT PROPER EYEWEAR.
Where can I get the proper eclipse glasses?
Imagination Station has certified eclipse glasses in Science2Go. Make sure your glasses comply with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard. You can find this information on the inside of your glasses.
Can I photograph a total solar eclipse?
Only with the proper filter over your camera lens! These filters protect your camera to make sure the sun's light doesn't destroy the lens. Camera lens filters are available for purchase in Science2Go.
How long will it last?
The entire eclipse event takes many hours, but the moment of totality is usually short, under five minutes. The further you are from the center line, the shorter the totality time. Toledo will experience totality for almost two minutes.
Where should I go to see it?
Imagination Station, of course! But any open area is a great option, and so is your own home as long as you live in the path of totality.
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