Science Museum of Western Virginia:  Solar Eclipse

Science Museum of Western Virginia: Solar Eclipse


T AND HUMID. 90 IN RUNDLE, 89 LEXINGTON, 88 DANVILLE CURRENT JOB FOR PATCHY FOG . LOWE’S DIP DOWN INTO THE UPPER 60S TO NEAR 70>>>WE HAVE A TALKING ABOUT THE SOLAR ECLIPSE FOR WEEKS AND HERE TO ANSWER ALL OUR QUESTIONS WE HAVE SARAH AND HANNAH FROM THE SCIENCE MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA. THANK YOU BOTH FOR COMING ON TODAY. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING YOU . LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS SOLAR ECLIPSE.WHY IS IT SUCH A BIG DEAL? WHAT MAKES THIS ONE DIFFERENT?>>THE REALLY COOL THING ABOUT THE SOLAR ECLIPSE IS IT IS COSTING COAST-TO-COAST FOR THE LAST TIME THAT HAPPENED WAS IN 1918.>>SO OTHER ONES THAT HAPPENED BECAUSE THEY DO HAPPEN, RIGHT? BUT THEY ARE SUMMER WHERE WE CAN’T SEE THEM FOR THE WHOLE COUNTRY DOESN’T REALLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY.>>IT IS ABOUT EVERY 18 MONTHS OR SO YOU GET AT LEAST A PARTIAL ECLIPSE.>>AND THAT A LOT OF TIMES THEY ARE OVER THE OCEAN?>>YES.>>OBVIOUSLY WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE ECLIPSE AND REALLY THE TALK OF THE TOWN IS THE GLASSES. TELL US WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO USE THEM AND TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THEM.>>ANYTIME YOU ARE LOOKING DIRECTLY AT THE SUN , WHICH IS NOT SOMETHING YOU SHOULD EVE ACTUALLY DO, YOU RUN THE RISK OF RUINING YOUR RETINAS. YOU DON’T HAVE PAIN RECEPTORS BACK THERE SO YOU WON’T KNOW IF IT IS STARTING TO BURN SO THERE ARE A LOT OF DAMAGE.>>LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION AND WHAT THEY DO. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM? THERE ARE REAL ONES AND NOT REAL ONES.>>ANY REAL ONE THAT YOU GET SHOULD BE PRINTED WITH THE ISO 12 312 — TO PREVENT BUT UNFORTUNATELY A LOT OF THE COUNTERFEIT ONES HAVE BEGUN PRINTING THOSE. I KNOW THAT A NUMBER OF THE ONES YOU ARE ABLE TO FIND OUT DO, CERTIFICATION.>>REALLY THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IS IF THEY HAVE THAT CERTIFICATION. IS THAT RIGHT? ARE THERE ANY OTHER TESTS WE CAN DO?>>IF YOU HAVE ONE THAT HAS THE NUMBER ONE ON IT . IF YOU LOOK THROUGH THEM , I’VE APPEAR RIGHT HERE . IF YOU LOOK THROUGH THEM AND LOOK UP AT THE LIGHT, YOU SHOULDN’T BE ABLE TO SEE ANYTHING , EXCEPT FOR A REALLY BRIGHT LIGHT , LIKE AN LED LIGHT OR EVEN A SON. EVEN THAT ONE IS VERY DIMLY.>>SO THAT IS A TEST YOU CAN DO. AND LET’S TALK ABOUT THE OTHER WAYS WE CAN CHECK OUT THE SOLAR ECLIPSE IF WE DON’T GET A PAIR OF GLASSES TO READ BECAUSE THEY ARE GETTING SO (>>ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO VIEW THE ECLIPSE IS MAKE A PINHOLE VIEWER. THOSE ARE PRETTY SIMPLE. I HAVE ONE RIGHT HERE. IT IS MADE OUT OF A PIECE OF CARD STOCK. I USE GREEN GIVING ANY PIECE OF TINFOIL THAT I TAPED ON. I POKED A VERY TINY HOLE IN IT. I TRIED BUT THEY ARE LITTLE BIT TOO BIG. AND THEN BASICALLY WHAT YOU DO IS YOU HOLD IT UP BEHIND YOU AND IT WILL COME THROUGH AND YOU WILL SEE AN IMAGE OF THE SUN. YOU WANT TO HAVE IT EITHER ON A WHITE PIECE OF PAPER OR A VERY LIGHT PIGMENT.>>THAT IS SO INTERESTING. WHAT ELSE DO YOU HAVE YOUR?>>ANOTHER OPTION IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO MAKE A PINHOLE VIEWER IS YOU CAN USE THE STANDARD KITCHEN . IT IS THE SAME CONCEPT. HE STAYED WITH THE SUN BEHIND YOU AND IT SHOULD PROJECT ONTO PAPER OR PAVEMENT YOU WILL SEE SEVERAL ECLIPSES AT ONCE.>>THAT IS REALLY COOL.>>BASICALLY ANYTHING THAT MAKES A WHOLE LIKE THAT. THEY ARE REALLY COOL IMAGES YOU CAN FIND ONLINE OF PEOPLE SEEING IT THROUGH TREES, HOLDING YOUR FINGEROR EVEN MAKING HOLE WITH YOUR FIST.>>VERY QUICKLY, WHY DID YOU BRING THESE HULA HOOPS?>>IT WOULD BE A REALLY COOL DEMONSTRATION OF WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE DO. BUT IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO VISIT YOU ALL HOW CAN THEY DO THAT?>>WE ARE IN THE CENTER IN SQUARE BUILDING IN MARKET SQUARE IN ROANOKE. HE CAN CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE