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The Greatest Solar Eclipse in a Century is Coming to the US in August

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Witness Antarctica’s 2021 Total Solar Eclipse on an Exclusive Cruise The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Nevada’s Massacre Rim Named Latest International Dark Sky Sanctuary Whether or not you fancy yourself an astronomy nerd, a truly incredible event will sweep the United States this August. Americans will witness the greatest solar eclipse of the last hundred years. Here’s why it’s so special, how you can safely view it, and a few of the best places to see it for yourself.What Is It?On average, solar eclipses happen a handful of times every year. But, total solar eclipses — when the moon completely blocks out the sun — occur only every 18 months or so. The so-called “Great American Total Solar Eclipse” (the folks at NASA evidently prefer to spend time on more important things like searching for aliens than on hip marketing buzzwords) will cross the United States on Monday, August 21, 2017. For just a few minutes on that date, the sun will pass behind the moon, creating a beautiful “twilight” effect with large streaks of light dancing in silhouette around the moon. It will be the first total solar eclipse in the history of the country to pass solely over the continental U.S. How Long Will the Eclipse Last?The eclipse’s timing depends on where you are in relation to the “path of totality.” For anyone at the center of the path, the best case scenario is that it will last a scant 2 minutes and 40 seconds. For those standing near the edges of the path, it may only be observable for a few seconds.What Do I Need to View the Eclipse?Solar viewing glasses are available from a handful of manufacturers, including American Paper Optics (Bill Nye approved!), Rainbow Symphony, and Thousand Oaks Optical. These purpose-built specs allow the viewer to stare directly at the sun right before and after the event without going blind.Where Can I See the Solar Eclipse?Only those within the path of totality will see the full eclipse. The 70-mile-wide path connects South Carolina to Oregon, including North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Idaho. Check out NASA’s interactive eclipse map which reveals the best locations for viewing the phenomenon.Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park is hands-down the best place in the country to witness the once-in-a-lifetime event. The park’s remote location provides plenty of solitude from throngs of tourists. The destination is also located dead center in the path of totality. A few tour providers and rural lodges near Jackson Hole are celebrating with eclipse-inspired promotions, including:Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools announced single-day packages starting at $2,100 USD (for a group of 7; accommodations not included). All-inclusive multi-day packages — including rafting trips, hiking expeditions, and a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art — are available starting around $3,000.Moose Head Ranch is the last privately owned guest lodge within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park. In addition to its prime location, guests can enjoy wildlife expeditions on horseback, sprawling meadows of alpine wildflowers, and, with little light pollution, some of the best stargazing in the country. The property is hosting a special eclipse event with a lecture by astronomer Dr. Bill Blair.Heart Six Dude Ranch is just steps from GTNP. As a working dude ranch, it offers guests hands-on rancher activities, horseback riding, floating the Snake River, and daily tours into Yellowstone National Park. Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness last_img read more

Karunanayake sees conspiracy which will lead to his arrest

“If as claimed I provided false evidence then under Section 10 of the COMMISSION OF  INQUIRIES ACT the commissioners could have acted against me immediately. If I infact lied then officers of the Attorney General’s department who questioned me had no reason to keep quiet regarding it.  The commission could have punished and taken action against me,” he said. Karunanayake said that the United National Party has been greatly affected due to the conspiracy being carried out during the election season by targeting him and the United National Party in general. (Colombo Gazette)Full statement:Download (PDF, 431KB) Karunanayake said this in a special statement released to the media. The statement was to be read in Parliament today but Speaker Karu Jayasuriya refused to allow him to make the statement.“I can recall that certain MP’s gave false evidence before the commission and later apologized for it. However how can it be understood as to why allegations against me are being allowed now after not taking any action in the past five months. Therefore I once again stress that this is nothing but a cheap political conspiracy. But for whose want is it being carried out is the question?” the former Finance and Foreign Minister said. Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says there is a conspiracy underway which will eventually lead to his arrest.He says a major mudslinging campaign is being carried out stating that he gave false evidence before the Presidential commission which investigated the alleged treasury bond issue. Karunanayake also said that there are reports certain officers in the President’s office are pushing for his arrest. read more