BY MELANIE WADE –
Acorn Elementary is hosting a viewing event at their campus on Monday, August 21, 2017 for a total solar eclipse that will be visible to all of North America. Acorn school has purchased eclipse glasses and will provide them to any parent or participant who would like to experience the event with their child. They will meet at 12:45 p.m. on Monday on the high school track behind the new gym. They have 125 pairs and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If your child is a student, be sure to return their permission slip to view the event.
A total solar eclipse is one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights in which the moon will completely cover the sun causing a brief period of darkness. The sun’s atmosphere will appear as a halo around the moon. Its path over the United States will begin in Salem, Oregon and move across the country to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.
In Polk County, observers should be able to witness an approximate 85% coverage. For locals, the event will begin around 11:55 a.m. and end just before 3 p.m. Totality, or total coverage of the sun by the moon, can be seen around 1:25 p.m. and it will last just under two minutes.
Warning: Do not look directly at the eclipse! It can cause severe and permanent damage to your eyes. Special eclipse glasses are available for purchase that will keep your eyes safe while viewing the solar eclipse.