City government to go dark with solar eclipse

By RICK NORTON Associate Editor and By LARRY BOWERS Staff Writer
Posted 8/18/17

While Cleveland and Bradley County residents — as well as most of America for that matter — eagerly await Monday’s historic total solar eclipse, the number of offices closing early as a …

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City government to go dark with solar eclipse

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While Cleveland and Bradley County residents — as well as most of America for that matter — eagerly await Monday’s historic total solar eclipse, the number of offices closing early as a courtesy to sightseeing employees is growing.

Add to the celebratory mix the city of Cleveland.

In a statement released to area news media outlets, Cleveland City Manager Joe Fivas has announced that city offices will close Monday at noon in order to allow government workers the opportunity to view the historic event from the location of their choice.

Municipal offices will re-open Tuesday at 8 a.m.

A variety of local events are being held Monday in observance of the mid-afternoon darkness.

One will occur at the Cleveland/Bradley Public Library from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

As a reminder, Fivas urged local residents — regardless of their location at the time — to take proper precautions to protect their eyes. For those planning to view the eclipse, they must utilize solar eclipse glasses; a relatively easy to make pinhole projector; welder’s glass rated 14 or stronger; or other specialized equipment.

Fivas pointed out only ISO-12312-2 approved solar eclipse glasses should be worn. Area residents are reminded to be wary of unapproved eclipse glasses that do not bear this ISO number.

Below are a few reminders about proper viewing of the eclipse. The information is provided by NASA.

• Authorized eclipse viewing glasses should have a certification designation of ISO 12312-2.

• Users should find the manufacturer’s name and address on the solar viewing glasses, and they should be clearly visible.

• The age of eclipse glasses is also important. Those that are 3 years old, or older, should not be used. Additionally, if the lenses are scratched or wrinkled, they should not be used.

• Homemade filters, as well as sunglasses (even if the lenses are extremely dark) should not be used.

• For those without proper eclipse viewing glasses, try this: Use a pinhole projector which can be made by putting a small hole in a sheet of paper or cardboard to serve as the projector and another sheet of paper or cardboard on the ground to serve as a projection screen. This type of mechanism has been used in the viewing of past eclipses, but the use of certified eclipse glasses is the recommended — and the safest — approach.

In much of the Cleveland area, the path of totality [darkness] should last one minute and three seconds. Full totality should arrive at 2:33 p.m. locally

Totality in the Athens area will last 2 minutes and 35 seconds, and begin at 2:32 p.m. Totality in Benton should arrive at 2:33, and last one minute and 51 seconds. In Ocoee, totality should arrive at 2:33, and last for one minute and 22 seconds.

As part of Monday’s coverage of the historic event, Cleveland Daily Banner reporters will be dispatched to a number of local events, including the library’s observation, a Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce event and a Cleveland State Community College celebration, among others.

As of Friday morning, the National Weather Service was reporting weather conditions in the local region continue to look up for eclipse viewing.

The agency’s latest outlook for Monday afternoon called for sunny and hot conditions, with a high near 91. The NWS is calling for a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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