Solar Eclipse Touches The Valley

by Staff Reporter / Aug 20, 2017 / comments

Solar Eclipse Touches The Valley

Staff Report

Although the weather may not cooperate, Monday, Aug. 21 marks the first time in over 99 years that a solar eclipse will occur over the entire continental United States.

Although we here in New Mexico will not see a complete eclipse, those of us in the Valley can expect the moon to cover ¾ of the sun, causing a perceptible dimming of the daylight.

  • Starting at 10:21 a.m., the moon will appear to start to cover the sun.
  • At 11:38 a.m. the moon will be at its peak point of coverage for observers in the Valley, leaving only a crescent of visible sun. Even at this point, DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN UNLESS YOU ARE WEARING SOLAR ECLISE RATED EYEWEAR
  • The eclipse will completely end around 1:14 p.m.

Even if you have sunglasses and even in the moon is blocking part of the sun, staring at the sun can cause permanent damage to your eye. Use approved solar eclipse eyewear or a pinhole viewer to watch the spectacle. See the NASA created video below to learn how to build a simple and easy pinhole viewer out of a cereal box.

You can read more about the eclipse at the NASA website HERE. (Thanks NASA!)

Also, watch for shadows between the leaves of trees. The crescent shape of the partially eclipsed sun will be visible in spaces where the sun shines through.

Here’s hoping the clouds don’t block the day. Enjoy this once in a century event!