Apr 8, 2024 - News

🕶️ Bill Nye's eclipse tips

Bill Nye

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Science guy (and D.C. man) Bill Nye is in Texas today for maximum solar eclipse viewing, but he has some tips for everyone catching a glimpse.

  • The Texas city of Fredericksburg, an International Dark Sky Community, is expected to experience 4 minutes and 24 seconds of darkness, among the longest in the country, writes Axios' Nicole Cobler.
  • D.C. will see a partial eclipse from 2:04pm to 4:32pm.

Here are tips from Nye for a spectacular solar eclipse:

👂🏻 Stop and listen: "When it really goes completely dark, it's just amazing. The birds chirp; the crickets cricket. There's usually a bit of a breeze because the ground gets cool and then that cold air is squeezing the warm air up and makes a little bit of a breeze."

👀 Look up: "While looking through your eclipse glasses, look out for a couple of bright points of light at the edges, as the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth."

  • "You might see two or even three very bright points of light, and that's where the light is passing by mountains and valleys on the Moon. If I may, how cool is that?"

🌘 Make a pinhole viewer: Nye recommends making a pinhole viewer, or just "take your fingers and interlace them and look at the ground just for a moment."

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