Get ready for the eclipse

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 5:27 PM

StormCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs takes a look at the upcoming solar eclipse that will happen on Aug. 21. Dayton will not see a total eclipse, but we will be at about 90 percent.

America is gearing up for a spectacular celestial event, a total solar eclipse, on Aug. 21, 2017. A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere in the world about every 18 months, but for the moon and the sun to align perfectly to create a total solar eclipse in the United States is rare. The last total solar eclipse that was visible in the contiguous United States was back on Feb. 26, 1979. 

QUIZ: How much do you know about solar eclipses?

Jason Heaton, The Director of Astronomy at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, says this eclipse is being termed the Great American Eclipse.

"It's visible in America, all the way from the west coast to the east coast," said Heaton.

Jason Heaton, director of astronomy at Boonshoft, explains how dark the sky will get here in Dayton on Aug. 21.

In the Miami Valley, the eclipse will begin shortly after one o'clock in the afternoon on Aug. 21. It will take the moon almost three hours to cross the face of the sun, from one side to the other. 

WATCH: When will the solar eclipse be visible in your community?

During the eclipse it will get darker, cooler and shadows on the ground will look strange and animals may act very strangely too. 

Many cities across America will see a total eclipse, but our area will only have a partial eclipse. Almost 90 percent of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon. The last total solar eclipse that passed over the Miami Valley was more than a thousand years ago. 

THINGS TO KNOW: 7 things about the rare total solar eclipse in August

Unlike a lunar eclipse, the solar eclipse cannot be watched with the naked eye. It must be viewed safely with special filters or eclipse glasses. Even a sliver of the sun, is too bright for our eyes. Looking at the sun for long periods of time can damage your eyes. Even during an eclipse when only part of the sun is visible, it can be harmful to watch. In fact, Optometrist Dr. James Bierly says it may be even more dangerous to look at the sun during an eclipse. 

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"A lot of time during solar eclipses because of what we call the light spectrum going away, the pupil will dilate on its own, and then you are getting more UV radiation or UV light that is coming in and could cause damage," Dr. Bierly said.

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Many people from the Miami Valley said they are traveling to other cities to experience the total solar eclipse. If you can't go and are upset that we don't go to total darkness here, don't worry because we will get our chance in April 2024. 

Eclipse 2017 facts:
  • A solar eclipse is when the moon moves in front of the sun.
  • The solar eclipse happens on Monday, Aug. 21. It will start in the northwest United States, and end in the southeast United States.
  • This hasn't happened to this scale since 1918.
  • The next total solar eclipse that we will be able to see in southwest Ohio is in 2024.
  • Solar eclipses happen fairly often, but they are not total, meaning some parts of the sun are still visible.
  • Partial eclipse starts near Seattle, Wash. at 12:08 p.m.
  • Partial eclipse starts for Dayton at 1:02 p.m.
  • Max eclipse for Dayton at 2:28 p.m.
  • Partial eclipse ends for Dayton at 3:51 p.m.
  • Partial eclipse ends near Charlotte, N.C. at 4:04 p.m.
  • We will not be in the path of totality (where the moon completely covers the sun), so it is not safe to look directly at it here in SW Ohio. 
  • If you are in the path of totality, you can look directly at it during the Max time.

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Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 10:08 AM

An MMA match in Florida had an unusual ending Saturday night.
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Caleb Williams did not have exert too much energy during his MMA match against Matt McCook on Saturday.

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McCook did all the work, inadvertently knocking himself out with a face plant after a hip toss went awry, Bleacher Report reported.

The two fighters were competing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Williams had his opponent backed up against the cage in the octagon during the first round when McCook tried a hip toss. However, Williams had McCook’s arm tightly secured and his stance ensured he would not fall, according to Bleacher Report.

McCook went face first into the mat and was knocked unconscious.

Williams won by a technical knockout and improved to 9-4. McCook fell -- literally -- to a 10-10 mark.

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Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 9:17 PM

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The suspect walked into Philly Auto dealership around 7 p.m. and expressed interest in a red Jeep Cherokee on the lot, according to WPVI

The man and a salesman went on a test drive. During the drive, the man started driving erratically and the salesman asked him to pull over, according to WPVI. The salesman started to switch seats with the man when the thief pulled out a gun and drove off, leaving the salesman on the side of the road. 

No shots were fired and there were no injuries. The man has not been seen since the incident.

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Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 4:13 AM

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Millennials are spurning traditional engagement rings and replacing them with diamonds embedded into fingers, WCBS reported.

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“We notice lately a lot of people coming looking for that,” said Sam Abbas, who owns NYC Ink Studio in Manhattan.

“I think it looks nice, but if you really think what it’s doing to the body – and you can have scarring – it’s so many complications that can happen from it,” Cynthia Rivas told WCBS.

The biggest issue is keeping the area around the piercing clean. Abbas suggests cleaning the finger at least two or three times. When seeking a piercing artist, it’s also important to gauge his or her experience, Abbas said.

“You’re dealing with the blood, so you got to be very, very safe,” Abbas told WCBS. “What we do, we sterilize everything.”

The embedding process takes about 10 minutes. An artist marks a spot with a pen, cleans the area with alcohol and iodine and then inserts an anchor -- typically made of gold or titanium -- to hold the diamond, WCBS reported.

The procedure costs approximately $100; the selected gem has an additional cost, Abbas said. 

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Preisdent Donald Trump criticized special counsel Robert Mueller on Sunday.
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In a flurry of tweets Sunday morning, President Donald Trump criticized special counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI Director James Comey, CNN reported.

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Trump suggested partisan bias, wondering on Twitter why the Mueller team had “13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans?”

Another tweet refuted the news that McCabe had written memos about his interactions with Trump. McCabe told CNN that he had three meetings and one telephone call with the president. 

"Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me," Trump tweeted, calling the memos “fake.”

Trump’s tweets came a day after it was reported that Mueller interviewed McCabe and asked him about Comey’s firing, CNN reported.

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