Eclipse: What to expect Monday in western Massachusetts

Forecast for 1 PM Monday

The eclipse will be total in Indonesia and the central Pacific, starting at sunrise over Sumatra and ending at sunset north of Hawaii.

PBS will feature commentary by astrophysicist Jason Kalirai from the Space Telescope Science Institute and others broadcasting from the path of totality in Irwin, Idaho.

All lower 48 contiguous states will experience at least a partial solar eclipse Monday. We started getting inquiries about the eclipse in our schools last week.

A popular method is the "pinhole projector" method of viewing an eclipse.

It's called totality, and the area where it hits on the Earth is known as the path of totality. Staring directly into the eclipse will burn your retina. People say that the eclipse will start on the West Coast and travel southeast toward South Carolina. Experts advise wearing a pair of special-purpose "eclipse glasses" or looking through a solar viewer device. They should not be mistaken for regular sunglasses, which cannot be used to view the celestial spectacle. You can also tinker with an eclipse calendar that will play simulations of past and future eclipses.

If you look into the sky on Aug. 21 and it looks like some evil monster is eating the sun, don't be alarmed - except that you shouldn't be looking at the sun during an eclipse. If you know of good ones in your area, share them in the comments below.

FutureTrack 11 AM Monday
FutureTrack 11 AM Monday

When the moon passes in front of the sun Monday, it will cast a shadow across Earth's surface. But it could have picked less interesting days to fall. He's only been talking about the event with his physics classes at Central State University all week.

Here in western Massachusetts, we won't see a total solar eclipse, but a partial eclipse. The total blackout period is expected to last for a few minutes along the 73-mile wide 'path of totality' that will run diagonally across the US.

The flier urges the public to "come join in the fun and experience a once in a lifetime event". Patrick Durrell, professor of physics and astronomy at YSU and director of the planetarium, will lead the event at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield. The center was offering people the chance to exchange the faulty glasses for new, certified ones from American Paper Optics Friday through Monday. Note, most vendors are already sold out.

They are supposed to allow you to view the eclipse safely.

"This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental U.S.in 38 years, and we're pleased to provide Mediacom viewers with a safe and comfortable way to see NASA's high-quality broadcast", said Mediacom Senior Vice President Ed Pardini.

A limited number of safety viewing glasses will be available for guests to use and share as necessary.

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