OHIO VALLEY — The United States will witness the moon pass in front of the sun for an eclipse this coming Monday.
According to eclipse2017.nasa.gov, given the orbits of the Earth around the sun and the moon around the Earth, Oregon will be the first to see the eclipse as it then slides across the United States and leaves the face of the continental US on South Carolina’s coast. The next annular eclipse is expected to take place on Oct. 14, 2023 and will track from northern California to Florida. The last total solar eclipse viewed from the continental US was in February 1979.
The Meigs County District Public Library, Pomeroy Branch, will be holding an eclipse event from 1-2:30 p.m.
The library program will include information the science behind the eclipse as well as viewing the eclipse following the program. Glasses will be available at the library, as available, with one pair per family due to the expected large number of requests.
An interactive map is available on NASA’s website to allow families the opportunity to see when and where an eclipse can be seen. Given the tilt of the Earth, the eclipse should offer roughly 90 percent coverage of the sun for viewers in town.
According to the NASA site, the organization cautions individuals from peering at the sun until the eclipse is in totality. Otherwise, pinhole viewers or certified eye wear could be used to view the eclipse. Eye damage could result from improper viewing technique.
The eclipse’s longest duration will be near Carbondale, Ill., where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds, according to NASA. Eclipses happen because of a coincidence where the sun and moon are the same angular size. The sun is considered roughly 400 times wider than the moon but also 400 times farther away. Scientists say this is why they appear to be similar in size in the sky.
Ohio Valley Publishing reporter Dean Wright contributed to this report.