The first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years will take place today, Monday, Aug. 21. The moon will move between the sun and Earth. Day will turn to night in the path of totality, a 70-mile-wide strip that will extend from Oregon to South Carolina. The rest of the nation, including Connecticut, will see a partial solar eclipse. In our specific area, the partial eclipse will start at 1:25 p.m., reach its maximum at 2:45 p.m., and end at 3:59 p.m.
Please be aware that looking directly into the sun during the eclipse is not safe. The concentrated rays can cause serious damage to your eyes, causing what’s known as retinal burns or “solar retinopathy.” Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun during this time; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. If you have purchased special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses,” or hand-held solar viewers, please refer here to verify their compliance with international safety standards.
Two UHart students and three professors are part of a team that will be based in Paducah, Ky., today near the spot where the eclipse is expected to be in totality for the longest amount of time. This is part of a nationwide, 55-team NASA-sponsored initiative to livestream aerial video footage of the solar eclipse from coast to coast. You can watch the livestream on your computer, tablet, or phone here; or click here for complete information on a special UHart viewing event taking part this afternoon in Harrison Libraries.