Celestial event of the century … so far

“One hundred years ago, 1918, was the last U.S. continental coast to coast total solar eclipse,” said Dr. Wayne Wooten, astronomer and newly retired astronomy professor from Pensacola State College (PSC).

Aug. 21 marks just such an eclipse, the most spectacular astronomical event of the century for the United States.

To see the total solar eclipse, you’ll want to be as close to the center line of totality as possible. This line runs through 12 states. First contact will be in Government Point, Oregon, so if you wish to be the first to see the total solar eclipse, you should head there. The last continental contact will be Key Bay, South Carolina.

The western panhandle will see 82 percent maximum totality, making it a partial solar eclipse. You’ll have partial viewing from 12:05 p.m. until 3:03 p.m.

Read the full article in the Aug. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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