A Solar Eclipse Is Happening On August 21st

There will be a total solar eclipse on August 21st. The path of the moon's shadow will run diagonally through the United States, and while we won't see a fully obstructed sun here in Peterborough, we will get about 70 percent of it (which is still pretty fun to see!).

Image from NASA

Image from NASA

Head outside a little after 1 p.m. to see the start. The maximum coverage will happen at 2:30 p.m. and the eclipse will wrap up just before 4 p.m.

SOLAR ECLIPSE SAFETY

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers (that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard). Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

-> Learn more about eclipse safety at NASA's website.

Don't miss out, as the next eclipse won't happen until April 8th, 2024.

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