How to Listen In
for schools, individuals or organizations
The Eclipse "Star-Net" interactive seminar will be broadcast on the new
Amateur Radio Network.
Schools with licensed amateur radio students can simply
request their students bring their radios to school that day to
let everyone share some fun facts and listen in and relay
questions to our guest astronomers from their schools.
2. Schools without licensed amateur
radio operators can contact us so we can help find a
guest radio operator to visit and support their students to
interact with the event.
3. Anyone can listen in
via amateur radio or by tuning their amateur radio or scanner to the
4. If you miss it,
don't worry, My La Paz will be sharing a recording of the event
via a link on our website in the coming weeks.
Amateur Radio Network (D.A.R.N.)
147.06+ MHz, PL 203.5
145.31- MHz, PL 107.2
446.50 MHz Simplex
446.00 MHz Simplex
- About Eclipse
Where to View
How to View
Please join us to
listen in, ask questions and learn about the Great American
Total Solar Eclipse from youth in our schools and guest
astronomers, Nidhi Patel and Raman Biju, while you are observing
the eclipse. The live interactive and educational broadcast will
occur on our new Desert Amateur Radio Network.
August 21st, 2017, peple across the United States will see the
sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight,
causing the temperature to drop rapidly and revealing massive
streamers of light streaking through the sky around the
silhouette of the moon. On that day, America will fall under the
path of a total solar eclipse.
The Arizona Amateur Radio
Association, a youth-led project of My La Paz Inc., have
coordinated a live interactive educational broadcast during the
peak of the eclipse here from 10:00 to 11:00 on Monday, August
21st via the new Desert Amateur Radio Network. Several
elementary school students, among the 70 new radio operators in
our region, have volunteered to share some fun facts with
everyone listening in and Shawnee, our StarNet hostess, will be
introducing our special guest astronomers, Nidhi Patel and Raman
Biju, to share information and to answer questions from school
students and other individuals listening in while observing the
The so-called "Great American Total Solar
Eclipse" will darken skies all the way from the west coast to
the east coast of our country, along a vertical stretch of land
about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide. People who descend upon
this "path of totality" for the big event are in for an
unforgettable experience. In La Paz and Riverside counties we
will not experience the "total" solare eclipse but still a
remarkable 0.7 magnitude eclipse.
In La Paz and eastern
Riverside counties the peak of the eclipse will be at
approximately 10:30am so we plan to hold our live, interactive
broadcast from 10:00am to 11:00am.
Where to View
can see a partial eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of
the sun, anywhere in North America. To see a total eclipse,
where the moon fully covers the sun for a short few minutes, you
must be in the path of totality. The path of totality is a
relatively thin ribbon, around 70 miles wide, that will cross
the U.S. from West to East. The first point of contact will be
at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there
at 10:16 a.m. PDT. Over the next hour and a half, it will cross
through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas,
Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and
South Carolina. The total eclipse will end near Charleston,
South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT. From there the lunar shadow
leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT. Its longest duration will
be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely
covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.
How to View and Safety
Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the
brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the
moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will
happen only within the narrow path of totality.
only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or
partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar
filters, such as “eclipse glasses” (example shown at left)
or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary
sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at
the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.
Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable
Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers(link is external) page
for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of
eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be
compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard
for such products and observe the following safety tips:
- Always inspect your solar filter before use; if
scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any
instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
- Always supervise children using solar filters.
- Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse
glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun.
After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter —
do not remove it while looking at the sun.
- Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun
through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or
other optical device.
- Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a
telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while
using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the
concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter
your eye(s), causing serious injury.
- Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a
solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any
other optical device. Note that solar filters must be
attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera
lens, or other optics.
- Remove your solar filter only when the moon completely
covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite
dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun
begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the
remaining partial phases.
- Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe
solar filter to view the sun directly.
- If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your
eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer
in front of them.
For younger students:
students: 21 minutes:
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