Making a special appearance in our daytime sky this upcoming August 21st Total Solar Eclipse are four planets.  Viewable to the naked eye at totality these four planets will join other noteworthy bright shiny objects in a darkened sky in the middle of a day, stars Sirius, Arcturus, Regulus and Procyon.

Experts note that the only safe time to look towards the eclipsed sun is during totality, a small amount of time in an narrow pathway across the country.  Outside the path of totality there is no safe time to look towards the eclipsing sun without protection.  It is also smart to plan ahead by noting the positions of these celestial bodies from your vantage points before August 21st.  During the eclipse many predict that cell networks will be overloaded with people using their devices to record and transmit their experience.  Folks may even have difficulty getting GPS coordinates they are used to having.  If you are traveling to a location to view eclipse it is also recommended that you print your directions ahead of time.  Or bring your sextant and compass, if navigating with a sundial, you better not be late.

in order of brightness:

VENUS– This slow rotating gaseous melter of probes will appear in the Western sky.

JUPITER– The monstrous moonhog with a never ending red eye of a storm that makes the Tri-State tornado Worst tornado in US seem like a gentle breeze makes its appearance halfway up the Southeastern sky.  The paths of totality for both events cross just after 1pm. Crossroads of Totality

MERCURY and MARS– Whilst the moon has its moment in the sun, speedy little Mercury and his green man laden brother Mars will be captured chilling close by with the stars.

notice to paparazzi- seldom seen stars will be on hand:

REGULUS– “The Kingly Star” the brightest of the constellation Leo a scant 79 light years away will appear very close to Mercury and Mars.  Some believe that observations of Regulus during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse will disprove Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.

SIRIUS– “Dog Star” is the brightest star in our sky.  At only 8.6 light years away it will continue to be our brightest neighbor for the next 210,000 years.  To gaze at her glory you can aim your pooper scooper to the Southwestern Sky.

PROCYON-“Little Dog Star” will appear just above Sirius.  This Old Binary won’t mess in your yard… unless you don’t properly secure your trash for Procyon Lotor is more commonly known as a raccoon.

ARCTURUS-” Uttuqalualuk” in Canadian Inuit, “TA-Kio” to the Chinese, or “Bear Star” will make its home in the Eastern Sky.

“An occultation of Venus is not half so difficult as an eclipse of the Sun, but because it comes seldom the world thinks it’s a grand thing.”-Mark Twain


-The Sol Alliance




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