Local observatory explains the uniqueness of the upcoming total solar eclipse

Sunday, 06 Aug, 2017

Ninety-six percent is very close to 100 percent, but not close enough to mean you can safely look directly at the sun here even during the darkest point of the eclipse.

August is a big month for skywatchers in the USA thanks to the highly anticipated total solar eclipse slated to occur on August 21st. Allen said that any photographer needs to be set up before the peak of the eclipse, as it will only last a few minutes. Here in Floyd County, we will experience a blockage of the Sun much of the afternoon with the maximum blockage occurring around 2:34 p.m.

Thronateeska is also having a viewing party on the 21st, and everyone is invited to come out. Homemade filters, sunglasses of any kind, unfiltered cameras, telescopes and binoculars are not safe for looking directly at the sun during the solar eclipse.

Each Tuesday before August 21, the library will also host fun and educational events counting down to the Great American Solar Eclipse.

"It's really allowing people who aren't able to travel to the full eclipse areas to be able to experience this", Bowen said.

We're less than a month away from a total solar eclipse that will be visible in north Georgia, but what is the difference between a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse?? If only a portion of the sun is covered, it is called a partial eclipse. An event will be held inside the Community Center if there is inclement weather.

Dr. Robert Stencel, a professor of astronomy at the University of Denver, has seen several eclipses in his lifetime. B&H Photo is offering a 5-pack of Eclipse Viewing Glasses for $4.99, a savings of $3 from their regular price.

The bus will leave from the convention center parking lot at 10 a.m. on August 21.

Do not try to watch the eclipse while driving, or walking. The lunch is not included in the cost of the trip.