Reply A comprehensive guide to all things “Eclipse”From eclipse2017.nasa.gov Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 1. Choose a LocationMany eclipse enthusiasts host parties in local community centers, museums, observatories, parks or open fields. Even your own backyard is a good place to throw a party.It is always a good idea to choose place that has access to shade and facilities.You may also want to check weather-related Web sites for forecasts of your area. If the clouds move in, don’t worry! You can always connect to NASA’s live streaming event.Keep checking the Eclipse Event Map for other eclipse events in your area.2. NASA EDGE MegacastOn August 21, 2017, NASA EDGE will join forces with the NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium, the University of Southern Illinois Carbondale, and Lunt Solar Systems to air a 4-hour 30-minute live webcast of the total solar eclipse from outside Saluki Stadium at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Illinois. The webcast will begin airing at 11:45 AM EDT (3:45 PM UTC). During course of the Megacast, NASA EDGE will be tracking the eclipse as it starts in Oregon and makes its way across the country ending in South Carolina. You will be introduced to some of the leading experts in the field of Heliosphysics and learn all about the Sun-Earth Connection. Lunt Solar Systems will be providing high resolution and stunning imagery of the eclipse in three different wavelengths of light: Hydrogen-Alpha, Calcium-K, and white light. Oh by the way, you will experience a scientific balloon launch from inside Saluki Stadium, observe several science demonstrations, learn how you can become a citizen scientist, and engage with subject matter experts through social media. So if you’re unable to view the eclipse in person, don’t worry. Sit back, relax and let NASA EDGE turn your location into the best seat in the house!UStream Main Program Feed(link is external)YouTube(link is external)Facebook(link is external)Additional streams coming soon!3. Join an Online Discussion #Eclipse2017Stay up-to-date with the latest information from our eclipse community through a variety of social media channels. Social media icons can be located on every page of this website.ECLIPSE 2017Facebook(link is external)Twitter(link is external)Twitter(link is external)YouTube(link is external)Instagram(link is external)Flickr(link is external)Snapchat(link is external)In addition, the following social media venues will remain very active before, during and after the event!NASA EDGEFacebook(link is external)Twitter(link is external)YouTube(link is external)THE SUN TODAYFacebook(link is external)Twitter(link is external)YouTube(link is external)Pinterest(link is external)Blog posts(link is external)4. Provide Hands-On ActivitiesPrepare a variety of activities for your attendees. You can often find great activities and materials at local clubs, schools, and museums. Eclipse activities often include storytelling and/or arts and crafts. You can also find a wide selection of recommended activities online. Below are just a few to get you started:Measuring Angular Size and Distance(link is external)This is an activity about measuring angular size and understanding the solar and lunar proportions that result in solar eclipses. Learners will use triangles and proportions to create a shoebox eclipse simulator. They will then apply what they learn about angular size to predict the diameter and distance of one object that can be eclipsed by another. They will also complete three journal assignments to record observations and conceptual understanding. This activity derives from those demonstrated in the NASA CONNECT television series episode, titled Path of Totality.Big sun, Small moon(link is external)If you’ve ever seen a picture of a solar eclipse, you may have noticed that the moon comes very close to covering the entire sun. Use a coin and a plate to investigate why the sun and moon look like they’re the same size, though the sun is much bigger.How Can the Little moon Hide the Giant sun? Exploring Size and Distance(link is external)This is an activity exploring the concept that distance affects how we perceive an object’s size, specifically pertaining to the size of the sun and the moon as seen from Earth. Learners will complete a hands on activity where two balls of differing sizes stand in for the sun and the moon. By moving the balls away from each other, students will determine how far the larger ball needs to be in order to make the two seem similar in size. They will also use the balls to demonstrate a solar eclipse. Lastly, learners will complete a worksheet explaining their findings. Eclipse: Using a Classroom Model to Explore the Moon’s Shadow(link is external)This lesson provides students with a concrete model of the sun, Earth and moon and their interaction during a solar eclipse. Students observe and manipulate the 3-D model and simulate the movement of these bodies during an eclipse. Eclipsing the sun(link is external)Knowing that apparent positions of objects differ with different points of observation will help in estimating distances to the moon and sun. Finding distances by triangulation and scale drawings will help students to understand how the distances to the moon and sun were estimated and why the stars must be very much farther away. Pinhole Camera: All the sun Through the Eye of a Pinhole(link is external)This is an activity about observing the sun. Learners will construct a pinhole projector to project an image of the sun, observe and record the size of the projected image, and calculate the diameter of the sun using the measurements and a known distance to the sun. This activity is from the Touch the sun educator guide.Eclipse 3D Printable ‘USA and STATE’ Pinhole ProjectorsECLIPSE 3D Printable ‘USA and STATE’ PINHOLE PROJECTORS While those in the path of totality will see a TOTAL solar eclipse, everyone will be treated to a PARTIAL eclipse! Where will you be? Why not celebrate the eclipse by making your own 3D Printed Pinhole Projector in the shape of the USA and/or a US State?5. Explore Mobile AppsVisit our Eclipse Mobile Apps page for a growing list of apps.6. Provide Hand-OutsVisit our ‘Downloadables’ page for a growing list of eclipse materials (bookmarks, posters, etc.) that you can download and print!7. Watch Eclipse Videos, Visualizations and AnimationsNASA has produced several video clips that explain eclipses and how NASA is planning to study this eclipse. They can be downloaded in various sizes and formats.NASA Previews 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: The Path of Totality across the USA is represented. On August 21, 2017, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth in alignment that will cast the moon’s shadow, 170 miles wide, onto Earth.2017 Eclipse Shadow Cones: The umbral and penumbral shadow cones travel across the surface of the Earth during the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.2017 Eclipse and the Moon’s Orbit: Solar eclipses can only occur at New Moon, when the Moon is between the Earth and the sun. But not every New Moon produces an eclipse. The Moon’s orbit is slightly tilted, and as seen in this animation, the tilt causes the Moon’s shadow to miss the Earth during most New Moons—about five out of six, in fact.2017 Total Solar Eclipse in the U.S.: A view of the United States during the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, showing the umbra (black oval), penumbra (concentric shaded ovals), and path of totality (red) through or very near several major cities.2017 Eclipse: Earth, Moon, Sun: A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the sun and the Earth, casting its shadow on the Earth. The shadow comprises two concentric cones called the umbra and the penumbra. Observers on the Earth who are within the smaller, central umbra see the sun completely blocked. Within the larger penumbra, the sun is only partially blocked.Path of Totality: Angular Distance(link is external)Learn about the natural phenomenon that creates a total solar eclipse and the relative movement of objects in our solar system. Explore the history, mythology, and science surrounding these amazing events.8. Fielding Eclipse QuestionsPeople will have all sorts of questions about the eclipse and, most likely, about a wide range of astronomy topics, so be prepared to spend some of your time just answering questions. The following resources will help you with that task:Eclipse 101Frequently Asked Questions9. Invite Local SpeakersSpace Scientists – Contact your local university space science departments.Amateur Astronomers – Locate an astronomy club in your area at Go Astronomy (link is external)or at The Astronomical League(link is external).Educators/Teachers – Contact science teachers at your local school.Solar System Ambassadors – Locate a Solar System Ambassador(link is external) in your area.NASA Night Sky Network – Astronomy clubs bringing the wonders of the universe to the public(link is external)10. Safe Solar ViewingAn eclipse is a rare and striking phenomenon you won’t want to miss, but you must carefully follow safety procedures. Don’t let the requisite warnings scare you away from witnessing this singular spectacle! You can experience the eclipse safely, but it is vital that you protect your eyes at all times with the proper solar filters. No matter what recommended technique you use, do not stare continuously at the sun. Take breaks and give your eyes a rest! Do not use sunglasses: they don’t offer your eyes sufficient protection. Visit our SAFETY page for more information.11. Timing is EverythingObservers should be made aware of the times of ingress and egress and prompted with time updates every 10-15 minutes. For solar eclipses, announcements of the totality times (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th contact) should be made. Here it is especially important to sound an alarm maybe 15 seconds before totality ends so that people are not caught looking at or photographing the eclipse without solar filters when the sun reemerges from behind the moon.12. Work with Local Schools and ClassroomsShare the resources on this website with your local school districts or after school groups. Work with teachers to prepare students who you invite to your eclipse party.Pre-Eclipse Party – If hosting an event on the day of the eclipse isn’t possible, consider hosting your party before the eclipse to prepare your audience for the live webcast.Post-Eclipse Party – An edited copy of the live webcast will be available within hours after the eclipse. It’s the perfect addition to those of you who might want to host a party after the event.13. Hold a ContestHosting a contest can be a great way to get people excited about your launch party. You can announce the winners at your party, and offer a small prize to incentive people if you so choose. Here are a few potential ideas for contests:Best poster about eclipse themesBest essay about eclipse themesBest edible model designMost creative diorama14. Set Up an Eclipse (Party) Photo GallerySet up your own photo gallery(link is external) to Set up your own photo gallery to inspire people and showcase the beauty of the eclipse and your event! You can use your own photos, ask people for submissions, or use some of ours. Start by taking a look at our growing Flickr Group gallery(link is external). August 15, 2017 at 5:37 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter I ain’t gonna look at that thing and go blind. I can’t half see good now, but will watch it on tv. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. 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You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Vacation is a great time to take your goals and passions off the back burner. A learning vacation can help you reclaim old interests and discover places you never knew existed.With busy schedules and jam packed to-do lists, people often view vacations as a time to simply lounge by the beach and soak up the sun. And while that may sound like paradise, when was the last time you truly pursued a passion, goal or curiosity?Vacation is a great time to take your goals and passions off the back burner. A learning vacation can help you reclaim old interests and discover places you never knew existed. One of the best learning vacation destinations is in western New York State. Home of Chautauqua Institution and many other learning venues, it’s a place to both relax and grow your mind. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends or all on your own, here are some of the best ways to learn on vacation:Find a destination focused on educationInstead of booking a flight to your ordinary vacation spot, why not try somewhere new? Take an adventure to a destination known for learning. The Chautauqua Institution is known for its life-long and vacation learning program. This educational center founded in 1874 on Chautauqua Lake features 750 acres of historic buildings, vacation homes and cottages, the grand Athenaeum Hotel and a nine-week summer schedule filled with learning opportunities for all ages. Nearby, the City of Jamestown is home to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, the Robert H. Jackson Center for Justice and the Lucille Ball – Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy.Go somewhere to learn a new activityIs there a sport, activity or hobby you’ve always wanted to try? If you’re interested in birds or nature, choose to vacation in a place with recreational trails and nature gardens. If you’ve always wanted to give skiing or snowboarding a shot, find a resort like Peek’n Peak Resort in Chautauqua County with learning academies focused on winter sports as well as golf. From sailing and kayaking to fly fishing and stand up paddling, the possibilities are endless for what you can learn in western New York.Be adventurous with food and drinkMake a point to try a dish you’ve never tasted at least once per day on your vacation. Challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and taste the local cuisine. Wherever you’re staying, ask for recommendations on which restaurants to check out. You could even poll some locals to find the best places to go for coffee, and any other must-visit places. Wine enthusiasts can research local wineries to schedule tours and tastings to discover a new favorite and learn how it’s made. Lake Erie Wine Country has several wineries, events and attractions to keep you informed and entertained while relaxing on vacation.Make travel friendsTraveling gives you the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Strike up a conversation with the couple or family next to you at lunch and you could end up making some life-long friendships. Staying in a locally owned hotel or bed and breakfast can also be easy ways to interact with new people on a daily basis. Look for dining and sight-seeing partners; you never know who you’ll meet.Put a fresh spin on your vacation planning this year. Design a learning vacation, enjoy new experiences and return home feeling revived and refreshed. For more information and educational ideas, visit tourchautauqua.com. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSChatauquaVacation Previous articleUnscrambling the dietary guidelines: Eggs are the new health foodNext articleStill green and still great: Tree City USA program marks 40 years of greening U.S. streets Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11
You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate From the History ChannelThe son of freed slaves from Virginia, Carter Woodson, became one of the first African-Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. In the 1920s, as co-founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, he established Negro History Week, the predecessor of today’s Black History Month, as an annual celebration of African-American history and heritage. Woodson’s lifelong efforts to promote the teaching of black history in the nation’s schools and encourage members of his race to learn more about their heritage led many to call him the “Father of Black History.”Carter WoodsonIn 1915, Carter G. Woodson traveled to Chicago from his home in Washington, D.C. to take part in a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of emancipation. He had earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Chicago and still had many friends there. As he joined the thousands of black Americans overflowing from the Coliseum, which housed exhibits highlighting the achievements of their people since the abolition of slavery, Woodson was inspired to do more in the spirit of celebrating black history and heritage. Before he left Chicago, he helped found the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). A year later, Woodson single-handedly launched the Journal of Negro History, in which he and other researchers brought attention to the achievements of black Americans.Born in 1875 in Canton, Virginia, Woodson had worked as a sharecropper, miner, and various other jobs during his childhood to help support his large family. Though he entered high school late, he made up for lost time, graduating in less than two years. After attending Berea College in Kentucky, Woodson worked in the Philippines as an education superintendent for the U.S. government. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Chicago before entering Harvard. In 1912, three years before founding the ASNLH, he became only the second African American (after W.E.B. DuBois) to earn a doctorate from that institution.Like DuBois, Woodson believed that young African Americans in the early 20th century were not being taught enough of their heritage, and the achievements of their ancestors. To get his message out, Woodson first turned to his former fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, which created Negro History and Literature Week in 1924. But Woodson wanted a wider celebration, and he decided the ASNLH should take on the task itself.In February 1926, Woodson sent out a press release announcing the first Negro History Week. He chose February because the month contained the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two prominent men whose historical achievements African Americans already celebrated. (Lincoln’s birthday was February 12; Douglass, a former slave, hadn’t known his actual birthday but had marked the occasion on February 14.)As schools and other organizations across the country quickly embraced Woodson’s initiative, he and his colleagues struggled to meet the demand for course materials and other resources. The ASNLH formed branches all over the country, though its national headquarters remained centered in Woodson’s row house on Ninth Street in Washington D.C. The house was also home base for the Associated Publishers Press, which Woodson had founded in 1921. The author of more than 20 books, including “A Century of Negro Migration” (1918), “The History of the Negro Church” (1921), “The Negro in Our History” (1922) and his most celebrated text, “The Mis-Education of the Negro” (1933), Woodson also worked in education, as principal for the Armstrong Manual Training School in Washington, D.C., and dean at Howard University and the West Virginia Collegiate Institute.Apparently, Woodson never viewed the study of black history as something that could be confined to a week. As early as the 1940s, efforts began to expand the week of public celebration of African American heritage and achievements into a longer event. This shift had already occurred in some locations by 1950 when Woodson died suddenly of a heart attack at home in Washington.With the rise of the civil rights and Black Power movements in the 1960s, young African Americans on college campuses were becoming increasingly conscious of the historical dimension of their experience. Younger members of the ASNLH (which later became the Association for the Study of African American History) urged the organization to change with the times, including the official shift to a month-long celebration of black history. In 1976, on the 50th anniversary of the first Negro History Week, the Association officially made the change to Black History Month.Since then, every U.S. president has issued a proclamation honoring the spirit of Black History Month. Gerald Ford began the tradition in 1976, saying the celebration enabled people to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Ronald Reagan’s first Black History Month proclamation stated that “understanding the history of black Americans is a key to understanding the strength of our nation.”In 2016, Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, made his last proclamation in honor of Woodson’s initiative, now recognized as one of the nation’s oldest organized celebrations of history. “As we mark the 40th year of National African American History Month, let us reflect on the sacrifices and contributions made by generations of African Americans, and let us resolve to continue our march toward a day when every person knows the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Please enter your name here TAGSBlack History MonthCarter WoodsonThe HIstory Channel Previous articleValentine’s Day Crafts in 4 steps or LessNext articleThe story of the Lobster and the Octopus Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! 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Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. By Jungwoo Ryoo, and first published by theconversation.comProving identity is a routine part of modern daily life. Many people must show a driver’s license to buy alcohol at a store, flash an ID card to security guards at work, enter passwords and passcodes to retrieve email and other private information, and answer security validation questions when calling banks or credit card companies for customer service.Authentication is also getting easier for people: Take the iPhone, for example. Unlocking the early versions required a multi-digit passcode. Then Apple introduced Touch ID, which would unlock the phone with a fingerprint reader. The latest version, just out, is the iPhone X, which can use its camera to perform facial recognition to authenticate a user.As a software security researcher looking at authentication technologies for hand-held devices, I am fully aware that the technologies change, but the challenge remains the same: How can a digital system authenticate an analog human’s identity?Three factors of identityThere are three main ways of proving an identity. One involves something you know – like a password or your mother’s maiden name. This method assumes the authorized user will have information no unauthorized user does. But that’s not always the case: For 145.5 million Americans affected by the Equifax security breach revealed in September 2017, reams of previously private information may now be known to criminals.A second method of authentication is with something you have – such as a key to your home’s front door or a smart card to swipe at work. This assumes a limited number of people – possibly as few as one, but it could be a small group of users, like a family or co-workers – are allowed to enter a physical space or use a digital service.A third way is by authenticating the individual human being – who you are – with some aspect of your biology. There are various type of these biometrics, such as fingerprints, facial recognition, iris scanning and voiceprints. This strategy, of course, assumes that the bodily feature is unique to the particular individual – and, crucially, that the digital system involved can tell the difference between people.Using two or more methods together can improve security and is called two-factor, or multi-factor, authentication.The consequences of digital authenticationThis increasing dependence on digital authentication may actually result in less security. While cameras, sensors and other devices can make authentication easier for people to accomplish, they carry their own weaknesses.When a system seeks to authenticate an individual, it must compare the information the person is presenting – what they know, what they have or who they are – against a previously stored database of authorized users. As the Equifax security breach makes clear, those databases are themselves vulnerable to attack. Information stolen from there could be used somewhere else – for instance, to identify which bank a particular person uses and answer security questions when calling to transfer money. Or the database itself could be corrupted, altering information so an attacker would be able to fake his way into a physical space or system.Another potential security threat inherent in biometrics in particular is that criminals don’t need to guess a password, or force someone to reveal it: The simple presence of the victim – even at gunpoint – can supply the fingerprint or face to authenticate and unlock a system.Future complicationsAs authentication becomes more complicated, using multiple factors and secure communications between sensors and databases, users become less willing to jump through all the hoops. So security managers try to make the process easier for them without weakening the protections. This commonly happens on websites that urge users to log in using their Facebook or Google accounts; those sites rely on the advanced security of the tech giants rather than creating their own authentication systems.In one futuristic scenario, authentication could occur without a user even noticing: When you walk into a store, facial recognition could identify and authenticate you. Then, at checkout, you’d need only to scan your purchases and leave – the store will automatically charge the credit card of your choice. This isn’t science fiction: Amazon has patented a system for doing exactly this in its Amazon Go cashier-less convenience stores.This is possible in part because of the increasingly common practice of computer systems authenticating each other – so the store’s system would recognize you, connect to the credit card company and authorize your purchase all on its own.It may be more convenient, and even more secure, than a magnetic strip on a plastic card in your wallet. But the potential dangers will require much higher security for private information, particularly biometric data. A real identity still comes down to flesh and blood.Jungwoo Ryoo is the head of the division of business and engineering and a professor of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at the Pennsylvania State University-Altoona. Ryoo is also a graduate/affiliated faculty member of the college of IST at Penn State. He is a technical editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine and also working with IEEE and Software Engineering Institute (SEI) as a consultant. His research interests include information security and assurance, software engineering, and computer networking. 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