Solar Eclipse Hits Skies Today

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Solar eclipse in 1999. I, Luc Viatour [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

The moon is scheduled to partially eclipse the sun today as it travels across the United States for the first time since 1918. It is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and to last until around 4:00 p.m.

For those interested in live coverage of the rare lunar event, NASA plans to stream such programing in a show they are calling “Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA."

“This show will cover the path of totality the eclipse will take across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina,” NASA notes on their website.

In a local response to the coming lunar anomaly, a neighborhood branch of the Broward County Library in Hollywood, at 3151 Stirling Road, offered complimentary googles with which to view the eclipse safely.

“We passed out 1,400 pair of glasses,” Community Library Manager Valerie McCurdy told the Sun Sentinel. “They were gone in an hour.”

On a global scale, The New York Times has offered a guide for viewing the eclipse and its hourly phases as it passes through the States.

The Times is also collecting photos of the event from readers to be shared on their website. The publication reports “veteran eclipse chasers say you should prepare to feel changed forever if this is your first total eclipse.”


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