2017 Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st, a swath of the U.S. will be cast into darkness as the moon crosses between the Earth and the sun, creating a total solar eclipse, the first in the U.S in 40 years.  WKSU and NPR bring you complete coverage of the preparations for the eclipse as well as the eclipse itself.

A map showing the path of the solar eclipse across the U.S.
Credit NASA

Eclipses are among the most predictable events on the planet. This one was known about for many decades before it crossed the U.S. earlier Monday.

Accordingly, people had been planning eclipse road trips for weeks in advance. They piled into planes and cars and made their way to the 70-mile-wide swath of land where the total eclipse would be visible. They checked online calculators, which told them the time of totality down to the second.

photo of eclipse
NASA

Northeast Ohio will be filled with watch parties this afternoon for the solar eclipse, including one in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

From 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., sky gazers can gather in Howe Meadow in Peninsula to view the eclipse, the first total solar eclipse over the continental U.S. in 99 years. CVNP Ranger Ryan Ainger says eye protection is essential when looking at the eclipse, and the park has a very limited quantity on-hand for this afternoon.

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And finally, yesterday, we asked you to contribute to our solar eclipse soundtrack. Here's what you came up with.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THAT'S AMORE")

illustration of solar eclipse
NASA/YOUTUBE

Here's a list of watch parties in Northeast Ohio planned for the solar eclipse on August 21st.  If you're aware of one that's not on our list, please share it with us!

Brace yourselves, North America — we're about to get mooned. Or, more accurately, eclipsed.

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