Today a total eclipse of the sun will delight sky watchers. The moon will pass between the earth and the sun, completely covering the latter, visible for people to see along the designated path of totality: a long diagonal, crossing North America, from Oregon on the West coast to South Carolina on the east coast.
For those outside of this geographic band, the eclipse will appear partial, so the entire disc of the sun won’t be covered.
Never view an eclipse directly. You can buy special heavily tinted viewing glasses to protect your eyes, or make your own pinhole viewer from a cereal box.
“…Around 1:15 p.m. Eastern time, the total solar eclipse will first reach Oregon’s coast. Then it will race for the next 90 or so minutes over 13 more states: Idaho, Montana (barely), Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa (hardly), Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and finally South Carolina.
At about 2:49 p.m. Eastern time in South Carolina, some lucky souls in the Palmetto State’s marshes could be the last on American soil to experience the total eclipse. Just after 4 p.m. Eastern, the partial eclipse will end and all of America will again be under the full August sun.
If you don’t live in one of these states, don’t despair: Every American state will experience a partial solar eclipse (although it won’t darken the sky like a total eclipse). In Honolulu, the sun will be about 20 percent covered. In Brownsville, Texas, you’ll see something like a half sun. Here in New York when the maximum eclipse occurs around 2:44 p.m. Eastern, the sun will be just over 70 percent obscured (and here are tips for taking in New York City’s partial eclipse)…”Learn more – NYTimes
Betty Boop for President – animated, by Dave Fleischer, 1932
Will the adorable and multi-talented Betty Boop defeat the uninspiring Mr. Nobody to win the office of the Presidency of the United States? This clever cartoon was first released during the 1932 Presidential race, when FDR defeated republican incumbent Herbert Hoover. (Browse our Movie Archive)
The management team of Face Activities extends our sympathies to the victims of the brutal terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. Such violence at the hands of white nationalists must never be tolerated in a free and open society.
President Trump spoke about the events in Virginia, and in his second address he condemned the white nationalists in stronger terms, after wide spread criticism that he hadn’t called them out clearly over the weekend.
One woman lost her life, and many were injured, when a 20-year-old demonstrator drove his car into a crowd of helpless counter protesters, in a clear and ruthless act of domestic terrorism.
For its time this animation is a well-presented, short documentary about atomic science, which explains how nuclear energy is harnessed for peace-time use. Though it briefly mentions the atomic bomb, it doesn’t cover the horrors of nuclear war or the environmental down-side of nuclear power, which was just in its infancy at that time.