August eclipse could hurt 9000 MW of solar output


A total solar eclipse will slash across a thin 70-mile band of the entire United States on August 21, 2017, giving countless Americans a good shot at experiencing this cosmic spectacle.

While everyone in North America will have opportunity to see a partial eclipse, the path of the total eclipse will only cross through the US, giving the event the name the "Great American Eclipse".

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However, everyone in the state, and across the nation, will be able to see a partial eclipse, weather permitting, of course. How long will you be in the moon's shadow? If there are clear skies, the moon will cover at least 48 percent of the sun's surface. The start of the partial eclipse begins at 1:23 and ends at 4 p.m. with the maximum eclipse occurring at the important hour of 2:44.

Friday, July 28, 1:30-2:30 pm, Fun-tastic Friday will feature a short video, question and answer period, and total solar eclipse activities. The American Museum of Natural History will have educators ready to explain the event and will offer eclipse viewing glasses to make sure your eyes are protected so you can safely watch the event. If you're in the dark part of that shadow, you'll see a total eclipse.