Alabama and Georgia to see a partial eclipse on Monday

Published 10:00 am Friday, April 5, 2024

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On Monday, a total solar eclipse will be seen across parts of Mexico, the United States and Canada. Unfortunately, Alabama and Georgia will not be on the path to see a total eclipse. However, a partial eclipse will be seen in the Southeast. 

A solar eclipse is when the Moon passes in front of the sun’s path, blocking it from view. During a total eclipse the moon completely blocks the sun, with only the star’s outer atmosphere, called the corona, being in view. It looks similar to a black hole with a halo of light around it. 

Those in the path of totality, which stretches from the Western side of Mexico up through Eastern Canada, will get to see this particular sight. While, 99% of Americans will be able to view a partial eclipse, where the moon blocks part of the sun, according to NASA. A partial eclipse comes with cool effects of its own.

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Chambers and Troup County will see about 80% coverage, close to totality. The moon will start to block the sun around 1:45 p.m. ET, and the height of the event will happen at 3:02 p.m. ET. The moon will end its eclipse a little after 4 p.m. ET. The weather is forecasted to be sunny with few clouds, ideal for viewing the eclipse.

Some may remember when the last solar eclipse swept across the country in 2017, Alabama and Georgia saw a partial eclipse. The blocking of the sun created crescent-shaped shadows everywhere. That is because the moon blocked part of the sun, so only part of the sun shone. 

This year locals will be able to see the same effect. 

The image of a crescent sun and black moon can be viewed. Regardless if you are viewing a total or partial eclipse, special glasses are required to view the phenomenon safely. The glasses, which are much higher strength than regular sunglasses, are available at large retailers including Walmart, CVS, and Lowe’s Home Improvement. 

The glasses should be black when not staring at the eclipse. Those not using proper eye protection can damage the eye’s retina, called solar or eclipse retinopathy. Sunscreen and heat protection are also recommended as the sun will be especially bright during the event. 

So, find a spot with open and clear skies on Monday afternoon, wear the proper glasses, and slather on some sunscreen, to view a natural phenomenon.