Everything You Need to Know About Monday's Total Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse takes places on Monday afternoon

We are just days away from the total solar eclipse. With so much buzz surrounding the eclipse occurring on Monday, Aug. 21, here are some facts and what you can do if you do not have the proper glasses to view such a spectacle.

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Here in New England, we are not in the path of totality, so if you are planning on seeing the partial solar eclipse that will occur in our area, you will need the proper eye protection.

Your standard sunglasses will not cut it. You will need to have the special eclipse viewing glasses, or if you are a welder or know someone who is a welder, their protective glasses are also safe to use as well.

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As far as when to start peering at the sky (with your protective eyewear, of course!), the moon will start to cover the sun starting at 1:28 p.m. Monday, peaking around 2:45 p.m. depending on where you are in New England.

Farther west, the peak will be slightly earlier, and farther east a minute or two later.

The moon will finally peer away from the sun at 3:59 p.m.

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With any solar eclipse, in order to view it, the forecast has to cooperate. Luckily for us in New England, the forecast is showing clear skies and highs into the mid to upper 80s- great news for viewing the eclipse by mid-afternoon.

Here are 10 more useful solar eclipse links:

  1. 5 Things You Need to Know About the Total Solar Eclipse
  2. How to Keep Your Eyes Safe During the Solar Eclipse
  3. How to Take Safe, Quality Phone Pictures of the Eclipse
  4. Total Solar Eclipse Driving Tips
  5. Watching the Solar Eclipse From Above And Below
  6. Traveling for the Eclipse
  7. How You Can Help Gather Eclipse Data
  8. Interactive: How Old Will You Be to Witness the Next Total Solar Eclipse?
  9. Cellphone Service Could Be Spotty for Eclipse-Watchers
  10. The Path of the 2017 Solar Eclipse
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