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I think we're going to Wyoming, and going by I90, so no Iowa, I'm sorry to say. Look up Agate NE as the smallest possible location, and Lusk WY as the largest. See you at 10:30.
Friday late: watching the cloud cover forecast. Might need to head further northwest....we have time in our schedule.
Friday: This is a good video for things to pay attention to during the eclipse. If you plan on any photography, he links to another good short video
Wednesday: The weather forecasters are estimating the eclipse cloud cover. Don't panic, or cheer, yet. It will change. We have a bus and extra time built in to go where we need to.
from Paul Douglas blog
Why are we driving to Nebraska? Because 4 of the top 9 “eclipse drivesheds” in the US (like a watershed, but for likely travelers to the eclipse) are in Missouri, meaning that the traffic there might be bad. It’s an hour or so further to the area of Grand Island, NE, and it will be much easier there to get on I-80 and move east or west if we have to avoid clouds. (https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/statistics/?utm_content=buffer65619&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer )
As a bonus, the weather further west is likely to be clearer.
Great American Eclipse Lots and lots of info
Moon’s eye view of the shadow. this is pretty cool….
Animation showing the diffuse shadow on the earth. From this, we can see that we cannot expect to see the shadow streaking upon us.
An animation showing the angle of the moon's orbit lining up
Here's the report that convinced me to drive to Nebraska.
I don't plan to photograph the eclipse much, the recommendation I've heard is to enjoy the spectacle and let the pros take the photos and video. However, if you want to photograph, do some research so you don't waste your time. Here's one article...
Eye safety details. And yes, the glasses I'm providing are approved and not counterfeit.
And just so you know, cell service may be overwhelmed
Here is one of my favorite YouTube science folks talking about the eclipse. Yes, I bought the app he mentions. Smarter every day.
Here's a science writer waxing eloquently about the power of seeing the totality. This is the same guy who wrote American Eclipse, which I recommend as wonderful story of the 1878 solar eclipse in the American West.
AND ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
Let me say this: yours has been my favorite Astronomy class since I started teaching it. Thank you for showing interest, for coming to class regularly, for asking questions, for studying for your tests, and for doing well on your capstone projects.
I hope you will take an astronomy class in college. They are fun, and the professor will actually have a degree in astrophysics, so they might know all the details. I don't know all the details, but I do know I like astronomy very much.
Good luck. Dr. F
Presentations are still going. . The Final Exam next week will be reviewed on Friday, don't miss it.
Astronomy FINAL EXAM ISM Dr. Fisher
- These are brief questions that require long and detailed answers. The more information you give me on that topic, the better will be your score.
- Answer all questions.
- Put one question per page, with the question number at the top of the page
- You should have at least ½ page of text with each answer.
- In each case, I’ve posed some questions, but your answer should include what you know on that topic.
- When I say “explain”, it means identify key components and how they act or interact.
- When possible, use diagrams, sketches, labels, arrows, and descriptive phrases or lists as appropriate.
- Use multiple colors to make your diagrams clear
- Write neatly and carefully; I can only grade what I can read.
- Take your time. You have two hours. You will be required to stay for two hours.
- Each question is worth 20 points.
example: Describe how our own planet formed. Explain our overall composition (iron, silica, water, carbon), why the core is iron, why we have a magnetosphere, why we have an atmosphere, why our atmosphere is the composition it is, why we need a greenhouse effect but not too much, why we have tectonic activity, and other points. Explain why mercury has no atmosphere and the outer planets are mostly gas.
example: Describe how to make a galaxy. Include a sketch. Then show what our own galaxy looks like today, with labels to all the main parts, and show the distance in LY of 3 dimensions.
this first sentence is very short, and the answer is long. Create that answer to practice.
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