Watch Out for Creepy Shadow Snakes During Wyoming’s Eclipse [VIDEO]
As you watch the Wyoming eclipse, watch for shadow snakes, made by the Sun and the Moon. This is real science. They will only slither for a moment. See if you can catch one.
One of the most watched YouTube channels is hosted by a science enthusiast named Desten of Smarter Every Day. Desten is just an average guy who loves science. But his love a passion for science has driven his YouTube followers into the millions.
In his town, Desten found Dr. Gordon Telifan who has traveled the world and seen more solar eclipses than any other human, ever. That is why NASA calls him when another eclipse is on the way.
The video explains that while eclipses happen several times a year, total eclipse, like the one coming to Wyoming, are very rare. When they do happen it is usually in a place that most people can't reach. The video also explains why not all eclipses are total eclipses.
Being on the edge of the eclipse will only allow you to see the event for a few moments. Then the moon moves away. Being on the center line, like in Casper, will allow you to see it for several minutes plus another strange phenomenon.
He then tells us that while the eclipse is happening, watch for "shadow bands." The moon will bend the sun's light. Shadows will appear on the ground that look like snakes slithering around. [You might want to go back and read that last sentence again].
At 16:26 in the video you will hear the explanation of "shadow snakes" and when they happen.
So, remember on eclipse day, don't just look up. Look down, and around.