ECLIPSE 2024

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ECLIPSE TIME ESTIMATES

Partial Eclipse Begins - 12:37:47pm
Totality Begins - 1:55:36pm
Maximum Totality - 1:56:49pm
End of Totality - 1:58:01pm
Partial Eclipse Ends - 3:14:47pm

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SON

Most of you are about to witness a once in a lifetime event that is truly amazing. Before we give some facts concerning the sun, moon and the eclipse, we wanted to share with you about the SON.  Please watch this video from Pastor Jay Jacobs.

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Hawg Heaven Bar-B-Que (BBQ)
Camp Fire Pizza (Pizza)
Chick-Fil-A (Chicken)

ECLIPSE INFORMATION

  • WHEN LOOKING AT THE SUN, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION UP TO THE POINT OF TOTALITY. YOU SHOULD TAKE YOUR GLASSES OFF DURING THE 2 MINUTE AND 23 SECONDS OF TOTALITY.
  • The sun is 400 times the diameter of the moon, (865,000 miles vs 2160 miles) and approximately 400 times further away (92,958,412 vs 240,000), so they both appear to be the relative same size, allowing us to see this awesome event. Isn’t God amazing!
  •  The orbit of the moon around the earth is elliptical, meaning it is an ovoid shape instead of a complete circle, causing the distance from the earth to vary. The distance from the earth to the moon varies from its closet point of 224,000 miles (known as perigee and supermoon), to the furthest point of 251,655 miles (known as apogee and micro- moon).
  •  When the moon is small (furthest away), and eclipses the sun, it may not be large enough to cover the entire sun. This is known as an annular eclipse or (ring of fire). The rim of the sun will show all the way around the shadow of the moon. Even though this would be exciting to see, the total eclipse that you are about to experience is even more spectacular.
  • The partial eclipse, where the moon’s shadow will first start covering the sun at 12:37.47 PM.
  • The total eclipse starts at 1:55.36 PM and ends at 1:58.01PM (REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR GLASSES OFF DURING THESE 2 PLUS MINUTES OF TOTALITY AND PUT THEM BACK ON AT THE END OF TOTALITY.) During totality, it is safe to use binoculars, spotting scopes, or telescopes without any filter. During the partial eclipse, you must use a filter. Err on the side of caution.
  • Since the moon is not smooth because of the thousands of craters, the shadow will not be perfectly smooth on the border. This leads to a couple of interesting things to look for just a few seconds before totality.
  • The first is known as Baily’s beads. This occurs when light from the sun shines through the valleys of the craters (low spots) and looks similar to a string of beads. This only lasts for a few seconds just before totality and will appear on the other side just after totality.
  • An even more spectacular event, and one much easier to recognize, is known as the diamond ring. This occurs right after Baily's beads and just a few seconds before totality. It looks like a 10-carat diamond ring with a brilliant light shining on it. There will be a second diamond ring on the other side marking the end of the total eclipse, followed by a second Baily's beads.
  • During the 2 minutes and 23 seconds of totality, you will see the sun’s corona (meaning crown) which is the outermost layer of its atmosphere. It consists of plasma. It is the bright light that extends all around the sun. You will probably see Venus to the west and lower on the horizon. Jupiter will be higher and east of the sun. Listen as you will probably hear birds come to roost and feel a drop in the temperature. Take a quick look at the horizon as it looks like sunset 360 around.
  • The other amazing thing to look for is the sun’s prominences. They can be seen around the edge during totality. They appear as red areas and are ionized hydrogen gas ejections from the sun's chromosphere into the corona. They are best seen with magnification.
  • One last thing to look for if you are near a tree with leaves. Look for crescent moon shadows on the ground coming through the leaves and branches. Look for these during the partial eclipse. DO NOT WASTE TIME DOING THIS DURING TOTALITY.
  • Most experts have advice for people observing their first total eclipse. Their advice is to observe and enjoy. Don’t waste time trying to take a lot of photos and miss the moment. There will be a lot of pictures posted online. One suggestion is to take a cell phone and set it up a few minutes before totality and record you and your family as you watch this event. Place it so you can see your reaction to the event. Also, as you watch it later, you can see how the ground and area around you gets dark over a few short seconds. You can listen to the background noise and may hear birds coming to roost and cicadas as well as the reaction to others around you.
  • The eclipse shadow moves across the US at 1500 miles per hour and has a diameter of 115 miles. Since Jonesboro is not on the center line, the shadow that passes through is only 58 miles long and travels 25 miles every minute, thus causing 2 minutes and 23 seconds of totality.
  • The next total eclipse in the continental US is August 23, 2044, and will be seen in the northwest states.