On August 21, the entire country will see the moon totally or partially cover the sun. Within Loudoun County, the eclipse will begin at 1:16 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. The measure known as maximum solar coverage – where over 80 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon – will occur here at 2:41 p.m.

Don’t miss out, urge America’s scientists.

This is how the American Astrological Society describes this extraordinary phenomenon … “It takes about 90 minutes for the Moon’s dark shadow to cross the country, starting around 10:15 am Pacific time on the West Coast and ending around 2:45 pm Eastern time (11:45 am Pacific time) on the East Coast. When you hear someone say, ‘the total eclipse lasts 90 minutes,’ that’s what they mean. But … at any given location within the path of the Moon’s shadow, the total eclipse lasts at most 2 minutes 40 seconds — don’t be late! The Moon takes its first ‘bite’ out of the Sun, marking the start of the partial eclipse, 1¼ to 1½ hours earlier, around 9:00 am PDT on the West Coast and 1:15 pm EDT on the East Coast. The Moon uncovers the last of the Sun’s bright face 2½ to 3 hours after that, around 11:30 am PDT on the West Coast and 4:15 pm EDT on the East Coast. This marks the end of the partial eclipse.”

Within the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area there are many solar eclipse events taking place, including public libraries in Loudoun County. The Lovettsville Library will feature “The Great American Eclipse Viewing” with NASA Solar System Ambassador, Mary Beth Stoddard. The time for the event is 1:30 p.m. The Gum Spring Library will live stream the eclipse from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the help of the Eclipse Ballooning Project.

IMPORTANT

Remember that no matter where you are viewing the solar eclipse, permanent eye damage can result if you are not protecting your eyes with eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers from a reputable source. Homemade filters and/or even dark sunglasses can transmit thousands of times too much light onto your eye.

For safety references and eclipse details, visit the NASA website: go.nasa.gov/2pC0lhe. For more LPCL eclipse events, visit library.loudoun.gov.

Photo Credit: Rick Fienberg / TravelQuest International / Wilderness Travel

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