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South Coast Scientist Weighs In On Total Solar Eclipse Happening Monday Morning

Photo by Arne Danielson, NASA
Sunlight peeks through the low points on the moon’s jagged edge during the 2002 total solar eclipse, creating a phenomenon known as Baily’s Beads";s:

One of the most spectacular scientific phenomena can be seen later this morning. It’s the long-awaited total solar eclipse.

The sun will be completely blocked by the moon for about two and a half minutes, and darkness will set in.

“This is the first time since 1776 that a total eclipse has happened within the United States and only the United States,” said astrophysicist Andy Howell with the Las Cumbres Observatory in Goleta.

The total eclipse will only be visible along a 70-mile wide stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. So, here on the South and Central Coasts, you’ll get to see a partial eclipse at about 10:15 am.

“Only about two-thirds of the sun will be blocked. And then it will start slowly being uncovered again,” he said. 

Be sure not to look directly at the eclipse unless you’re wearing special purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses.