Total Solar Eclipse – Will We See It?

North America will be treated to a rare sight! On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will take place. This path, where the moon will completely covers the sun and the sun’s atmosphere – the corona – will be visible from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

For those who live outside of the path of the total eclipse,  you will be able to see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

Travel companies report hotels in the total eclipse area have been booked for two years.  Authorities are urging everyone to use extreme caution when traveling on all roadways in the total eclipse’s path.

In our region we will see a partial solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.  The event will begin at 1:17 PM. Maximum coverage will be at 2:42 PM, and the partial eclipse will end at 4:01 PM.  The whole event will last for 2 hours and 44 minutes.

-Dianah Gibson