Thank you to everyone who came to Heritage to share in a festive community experience! Here’s some more information about the event!
Come to Heritage August 21 for a full day of solar-eclipse activities.
Event features: live music, make your own pin hole projector, astronomy expert, eclipse themed food, and more!
On August 21, America will experience a total solar eclipse. Here on the Cape, we will experience a dramatic partial solar eclipse and Heritage will be hosting a viewing event! Come join us! Bring a blanket and a picnic, or get moon and sun themed food from the Magnolia Café. The sky show takes place between 1 and 4, with the ultimate expression of the eclipse at about 2:30 PM. We’ll help you create your own pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse! An astronomy expert will be on hand to answer your questions and explain what’s going on. Join us out on the Parade Field because another total solar eclipse will not be visible here until 2024, so you won’t want to miss this exciting event!
It is important to be cautious when viewing an eclipse, as looking directly at the sun without protection can cause eye damage or even blindness.
To protect yourself, always wear the proper eye protection (sunglasses will not cut it!). A simple and safe way to view the eclipse is with a pinhole projector, or certified viewing glasses by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). To learn more about how to safely view the eclipse or how to obtain your own solar viewing glasses please visit the American Astronomical Society’s website.
What Is a Total Eclipse?
A total eclipse is a coincidence of cosmic geometry that occurs when the disk of the Moon appears to cover the disk of the Sun. Since the Moon is approximately 400 times smaller than the Sun, which is about 400 times further from the Earth than the Moon, the size of their apparent disks is the same.
This eclipse is particularly special because it is the first total eclipse visible in the United States since 1979. Americans along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide will experience the “path of totality,” allowing them to view a total solar eclipse. At Heritage, we will experience a partial solar eclipse, which occurs when only the penumbra (the partial shadow) passes over you, and a part of the sun always remains in view.
DIY: Simple Pinhole Projector
- 2 pieces of stiff white cardboard, e.g. 2 paper plates
- alternatively, 2 sheets of plain white paper
- a thumbtack, a sharp pin, or a needle
What to Do:
- To make a quick version of the pinhole projector, take a sheet of paper and make a tiny hole in the middle of it using a pin or a thumbtack. Make sure that the hole is round and smooth.
- With your back towards the Sun, hold 1 piece of paper above your shoulder allowing the Sun to shine on the paper.
- The 2nd sheet of paper will act as a screen. Hold it at a distance, and you will see an inverted image of the Sun projected on the paper screen through the pinhole.
- To make the image of the Sun larger, hold the screen paper further away from the paper with the pinhole.
A box projector works on the same principles, it requires a little more time and a few extra items to construct, but it is more sturdy.