The first total eclipse of the sun to be seen in the continental United States in 38 years is nearly here.
Monday, August 21 is the date. In Fairfax County the moon will begin to cover the sun at 1:17 p.m. and the eclipse will end at 4:01 p.m. The maximum eclipse will occur at 2:42 p.m. in our area when about 80-percent of the sun will be covered.
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Several viewing events are being planned in Fairfax County. They include:
- Viewing at Burke Lake and Accotink Parks. Attendance is limited, so register here.
- An eclipse boat tour at the above parks. Register here.
- Sit at the deck at Riverbend Park or bring a lawn chair and sit in the grassy area to enjoy a spectacular view of the Potomac and the eclipse. Listen to a naturalist presentation on the lore behind eclipse events. Solar eclipse glasses will be provided to participants. Register here.
- The Great American Solar Eclipse! Presented in collaboration with the GMU Observatory and The Fairfax County Parks Department. 2:00 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Library
We’ll add other events if we become aware of them, so check back with fairfaxnews.com.
Fairfax County officials warn that viewing a solar eclipse , even a partial eclipse, without proper eye protection can cause “eclipse blindness” or retinal burns. You can damage your eyes if you are not using proper safety equipment to view the eclipse. Wearing ordinary sunglasses (or even multiple pairs) will not provide adequate eye protection. Some viewing options include:
- Using special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.”
- Using Pinhole projectors and other projection techniques as an indirect viewing technique for observing an image of the sun.
NASA will also provide a live-stream of the eclipse.