The last time an American total eclipse bathed the continent was in 1979, however it didn’t reach coast to coast. On the morning of the 21, the sky will look gray and overcast in prediction of the upcoming eclipse. The sun will go completely dark for about 2-3 minutes in other parts of the United States, from parts of Oregon all the way to Charleston, South Carolina.
“It stretches coast to coast and the United States is the only place in the world that gets to see this,” said Dan Ruby from the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center in Reno.
One of the perks of being in Reno is that residents can see the partial eclipse from about 9 in the morning to a quarter before noon. Ruby said that around 10 am to 11 am the sun will be a breathtaking crescent. The peak is expected at about 10:20 am. Check out this events around the area to enjoy the eclipse to its full potential.
If you’re a parent and your child has school on Monday, there are several school districts that plan on having their own viewing parties.
Be sure to safely view the solar eclipse with special eclipse viewing glasses. Without them, eyes can become very damaged from looking at the sun – don’t do that! The Fleischmann Planetarium has glasses available for $2 and the Washoe County Library system is giving them away at all locations. Don’t miss out on this amazing phenomenon!
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