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Partial solar eclipse visible across Alaska

Partial solar eclipse visible across Alaska

University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, faculty, staff and visitors will all have an opportunity to view the August 21 solar eclipse.

"One thing especially about this eclipse is no matter where you are in the United States, whichever state you're at you'll be able to see part of the sun get covered, which I don't think has happened for quite a few decades", said Aaron Slonecker, programs and planetarium manager for the Anchorage Museum.

We're only weeks away from the 2017 Solar Eclipse - dubbed the Great American Eclipse for its North American path.

The planetarium will host a special public program, "A Total Solar Eclipse Experience", at 1 p.m. Saturday July 29, August 5 and August 12. The eclipse starts around 11:45 a.m., with maximum coverage happening around 1:10 p.m. After this year's event, the next solar eclipse in North America will be in 2024, when the total eclipse starts in Mexico and travels northeast through Texas, southern IL and Canada.

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The Anchorage Museum will host a free solar viewing event stating at 8 a.m. on their front lawn. He says eye protection is needed to view an eclipse to prevent permanent eye damage. They're teaming up with the UAA Planetarium and local astronomers to provide solar telescopes and a solar projector to safely view the eclipse. Because the moon orbits the earth at an angle, and because the orbit of the moon is an ellipse and not a flawless circle, the earth doesn't see an eclipse every time there is a new moon, when the dark side of the moon completely faces the earth. You will need a solar filter such as a solar telescope, a solar projector or solar eclipse glasses.

In preparation for the big day, the committee anticipated the community's needs and pre-purchased certified eclipse glasses, which are now available for purchase for $1 at either the Excelsior Springs Visitor's Center, located at the Hall of Waters, 201 E Broadway Ave., or at the Chamber of Commerce, 461 S Thompson Ave. In the Wichita area, a partial eclipse will be visible for about two to three hours midday.

Check out the list of other eclipses visible from Anchorage here.


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