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On Monday the U.S. will see the total Eclipse of the Sun front seat and center. While not everyone in North America will see the same thing exactly, we all should see something, weather permitting. 

The map below shows the path of the Eclipse beginning in Oregon (around 9 AM PT) and sloping down across the US toward the Southern states. The dark gray area marks the vantage point for seeing the Sun obscured completely. Progressively lighter areas show a visible Eclipse that will not totally overshadow the Sun. 

Here in Northeast PA, we are expecting to see the Moon block about 75% of the sun. The Eclipse will start at 1:19 PM ET and continue for over 2 and half hour. The optimal viewing time is 2:41 PM.

Weather will affect our ability to see the Eclipse. In the map below the green areas should offer good visibility while the lighter areas are projected as cloudy - as of today. Naturally, all of this can change by Monday.

And do remember to NEVER look directly at an Eclipse. While special "Eclipse Glasses" or #14 welder's lens are probably no longer available, a simple camera obscura or binocular projection device can make it possible to safely view this amazing Solar event.

This helpful video from NPR explains how to do both (we will be making the one with the binoculars).

How the Eclipse works:

For a more esoteric perspective on the Eclipse please see my previous post Monday's Solar Eclipse & the Energy of Cosmic Initiation 

One last image!

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