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2017 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE PODCAST

001. What's All The Fuss About?

Drama is coming to the United States. On August 21, 2017, Sun-watchers along a thin curved line that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina will experience nature's grandest spectacle: a total solar eclipse.

002. A few facts about the 2017 Eclipse

The purpose of this podcast is to list some of the important details for both the general public and the media. Yes, the eclipse is nearly here, but it’s never too early for knowledge, right? Plus, these are the facts, and they won’t change.

003. Eclipse Terms You'll Want to Know

We want to prepare you for the total solar eclipse that will sweep across the U.S. on August 21, 2017. So that we’re all speaking the same language, here's a brief list of the most popular terms you’ll encounter. You should get familiar with them because you will see them again. Fortunately, we’ve got 2½ years before the great event.

004. Tracing The Path of the Moon's Shadow

This episode is all about precision. Eclipse predictions are exact, but I didn’t want to go crazy with decimal points or fractions. So, I have rounded off the times to the nearest second. If you’re OK with that, the first question to answer is, “Where in the U.S. does totality begin?”

005. A Few Words About Planning

What to do, oh, what to do? What kinds of preparations should you make in advance of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse? This podcast will provide pieces of advice and suggestions, each with a brief explanation, that you might want to heed for the upcoming event.

006. Top 10 Eclipses in History

Despite the all-encompassing title, these are the podcaster's choices for the top 10 most significant eclipses in history. Your list may vary, but it's pretty certain that it would include some of the ones you'll hear mentioned. How does your list stack up?

007. What Will You See Around the Sun During Totality?

This week, we'll describe the appearance of the sky above three locations spread across the U.S. as it will appear at mid-totality. I’ve chosen Salem, Oregon, St. Joseph, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina. For each location, we’ll discuss the positions of two planets, Venus and Jupiter, and two stars, Sirius and Arcturus.

008. Earthly Effects to look For During the Eclipse

Cool things are afoot before and after totality. Although the big payoff is the exact lineup, keep your eyes open during the partial phases that lead up to the eclipse and especially those that follow it.

009. The Greatest Eclipse Description You'll Ever Hear

Here's a description of the August 9, 1896, total solar eclipse as seen by writer Mabel Loomis Todd. Mrs. Todd was part of a scientific expedition that traveled to Japan to observe the event. Her wording is florid, but you'll never hear anything that delivers the emotions felt during an eclipse like this.

010. The Time Between Solar Eclipses At One Place

This podcast poses and answers two questions. 1) How often on average is a spot on Earth in the path of totality? 2) How often on average is a spot on Earth at or near the point of greatest eclipse for a total solar eclipse?

011. Filters and Eye Safety

As we’ve heard a million times, observing the Sun can be dangerous without the proper precautions. In this podcast, we'll explain a bit of the science behind proper (that is, safe) solar observing.