A brief look at the upcoming Solar Eclipse

Chalice Dozier captured this unique photo of the partial solar eclipse on October 23, 2014. Monday’s solar eclipse will not be a total eclipse, but will peak at 11:44 a.m. The moon will start moving across the sun around 10:30 a.m.

Information provided by Mike Wilson

There will be a total solar eclipse this Monday, August 21. The maximum will be at 11:44 a.m., but the fun will begin earlier. Those lucky enough to be outside should start looking as early as 10:30 AM. which will be when one can seee the first kiss of the moon starting to move across the sun. With 92% of the sun covered, this will be darkness at noon.

A reminder, humans do not have pain sensors at the back of their eye and should never look directly at the sun. At school, students will use ISO certified eclipse glasses. Even with the ISO certified eclipse glasses, they should avoid looking at length toward the sun until around 50% of the sun is covered.

Other things to notice during max darkness, Venus should be visible as a bright star on the right. Jupiter will just be rising in th east. A group of sunspots are just coming around the Sun’s equator. Each one of those is 3-5 times the size of the Earth. They should be visible using eclipse glasses.