Solar Eclipse 2017: Everything to Know

By: Shelby Cook

So, you’ve probably heard there is going to be an eclipse soon, but what does this entail? We’ve got all the information you need to enjoy this rare event.

First, what is an eclipse?

An eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth are in alignment. There are several types of eclipses; however, the one occurring on Monday, August 21st, is a total eclipse. This means the moon will completely cover the sun, and those directly in the moon’s shadow—aka the path of totality—will see the total eclipse.

Those not in the straight path of the eclipse will still see a bulk of the sun covered up. For instance, Fort Wayne is not in the path of totality, so we will see a partial eclipse of about 86% coverage. Here is a link showing how much coverage you will see and the timeline of the event depending upon your area code. In Fort Wayne, the event will begin at 12:59 p.m. and end at 3:47 p.m. with the peak of the eclipse happening at 2:25 p.m.

Why is this eclipse important?

This occurrence is rare because not only is the eclipse a total eclipse, but the eclipse will extend from the west coast to the east coast. It is the first time this will happen in 99 years!

What can you expect to see and happen?

In short, you can expect to see a dark circle moving across the sun. In addition to this, birds might stop chirping (they will think it’s nighttime), and there may be a drop in temperature.

What do you need to watch the eclipse? Where can you watch it?

If you want to look directly at the sun you will need solar filtering glasses. Here is a list of NASA approved manufacturers, and Science Central also has glasses on sale in their gift shop. Also, if you’re not in the path of totality but still would like to watch the total eclipse, you can watch NASA’s livestream of the event. Finally, this video, featuring Fort Wayne meteorologist Hannah Strong, has all of the events pertaining to the eclipse and places you could potentially watch it in Fort Wayne!

So, with all of this in mind, do you have any big plans for the eclipse!? Let us know below!


About Shelby Cook

Shelby currently studies Public Relations at the University of Saint Francis. She has called Fort Wayne home her entire life (save for a quick stint in Kansas City, Missouri). She is passionate about health, the environment, and how the two interconnect. She wants to inspire everyone to get outside, and discover all that Fort Wayne has to offer!

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