Umbra ... Penumbra. What's It to You?
Carter Roberts of the East Bay Astronomical Society is credited with this remarkable photo of the Sun in Libya, 2006 eclipse.

In Maryland, this last September, 450 visitors were able to look through solar safe telescopes, view sunspots and explain solar eclipse phenomena from display boards. Michael Sager of the Tri-State Astronomers exclaimed: "Many were amazed and had never looked through a telescope before. We had many very positive comments on the displays and materials."

Len Nelson and members of the Sonoma County Astronomical Society in California connected with kids showing them the Sun with solar telescopes, Sun Spotters and eclipse glasses during the last solar event.

Ruth Craft of the Michiana Astronomical Society in Indiana presented over 100 teachers and children at the Kennedy Planetarium with ideas and concepts. She said that, "they began to understand the role of the Earth's shadow in a lunar eclipse and the silhouette of the moon during a solar eclipse."

The next Total Solar Eclipse will be observable from the southeastern United States in 2017 on August 21st. But you don't have to wait that long in order to experience the Sun first hand. Seek out your local astronomy club near you and find out how you can safely enjoy the Sun.

Remember: It is never safe to look at the Sun without proper equipment. The Sun can only be viewed directly with filters specially designed to protect your vision.