Capital Region to experience 66-percent of solar eclipse

August 18, 2017 07:04 PM

The first solar eclipse to cross the United States in 99 years on Monday will be starting a new countdown to the next. The 90-minute, 3,500 mile journey will have the moon's shadow making the trek at an average of 1,400 miles per hour, crossing from Oregon to South Carolina.

"We get to see the super-heated upper atmosphere of the sun. We don’t normally get to make those kinds of observations and so this gives us a really special opportunity, window to what's happening at the sun on that day," explained Dr. Noah Petro with NASA.

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In upstate New York and western New England, we won't be feasting on totality, but we will get a nice appetizer to carry us to the next and much closer eclipse in April of 2024.

This time, we'll see 66-percent of the sun's light go away for a short time, but we'll not notice anything get darker. You need about 90-percent to start that.

So, what's to do?

Starting about 1:20, a small bite will appear on the sun. Over the next hour and 20 minutes, that bite will get larger until we hit that 66-percent maximum. From there, the shadow releases its grip and it'll be all over a little before 4 p.m.

"The wonderful thing about eclipses is that it gets people interested in the sky. You can predict when they're going to happen, but to look up in the sky and really see it happen, it never ends to amaze me," admitted David Dundee, an astronomer.

Remember, you need special safety glasses to watch the eclipse. Regular sunglasses will not protect your eyes. 

NewsChannel 13’s Jason Gough will be in South Carolina for the total eclipse. He will broadcast it on his Facebook page, goughjason.

More information:

NewsChannel 13 eclipse resource page

Jason Gough's Facebook page


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