Get Ready for the Great Solar Eclipse Now!

2017 solar eclipse maximum for Tulare County

The best solar eclipse of the century will happen on Monday, August 21, 2017. This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since February 26, 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918. The next total eclipse for North America will come on April 8, 2024.

The Arthur Pursell Observatory will not be open for this event.

A partial eclipse of the sun here in the central valley will begin at 9:04 am. Maximum will be at 10:07 when 2/3 of the sun will be covered by the moon. The Eclipse ends at 11:45. To see this eclipse as a total eclipse you must be somewhere in the eclipse path.

The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looks like in Visalia. Stages and times of the eclipse are outlined below. All times are local time (PDT) for Visalia.

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from Visalia. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse begins, is at its max, and ends, somewhere else on earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam.

Path of Totality. If you observing out of the path you will only see a partial eclipse.

2017 Path of Totality

DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITHOUT SOLAR EYEGLASSES. If you do not have solar eyeglasses you can make a pinhole projector. Note. The bigger the box or the greater the distance the focus point is from the pinhole the larger the image.

Ways to observe the sun safely.

Here is an example of a finished protector in use. Glass of wine is optional.

Using a pinhole projector

 

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