March 22 2018

Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties in 'Zone of Totality' States

March 22 2018, 03:58 | Jodi Jackson

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

The last time the moon's shadow totally blocked out the sun above Nashville, the city wasn't even established.

Other parts of the continental United States will get their views, but they won't be as spectacular as ours.

How much of the sun will be covered?

No places in Colorado will have 100 percent of the sun concealed. Across the state of MA, we're going to have anywhere from 67 percent to 61 percent.

We don't expect a lot of work is going to get done during that three-hour window.

For example, you can go to, and, in the main box area, type in "pictures of a solar eclipse", then hit enter and watch the stars align-literally! If the skies are cloudy, you will not have a clear view of the eclipse.

Here in Boston, we're not going to have quite almost a dramatic effect. And she noticed the shadow of its leaves on the ground. The video is a timelapse of the solar eclipse caught by Japan's Himawari 8 weather satellite. We'll peak around 2:30 p.m.

Across Massachusetts, it's anywhere from 2:40 2:50 p.m.

What's the worst that could happen if I look at the eclipse without protection?

No, don't do that!

Instead, experts have been encouraging everyone to get their hands on a pair of safety glasses. West Texas will have about 75 percent totality, so the sun will be mostly blocked but some will remain visible.

"Don't try to look directly at the sun with an unfiltered telescope, with binoculars".

WATCH: Global Calgary talks to Simon Poole of Simon J Astronomy about why the eclipse is exciting, how to watch it safely and where events are being held around town. There's a lot of different ways to do that. Your eye doctor can identify the signs of sun damage by examining your eye.

Here in Acadiana, the partial solar eclipse will begin just a few minutes before noon and end around 3:00 p.m.

Will students in school be able to see the eclipse? .

Will electricity production from solar panels in MA be affected? Dr. Edwin Turner, a professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton, told DCist that people in partial eclipse zones who aren't paying attention might not even notice anything's happening. It is also important that you make sure your glasses are not scratched as that can cause harmful light to affect your eyes.

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