Henry County Schools delaying dismissal one hour August 21 for solar eclipse

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A total solar eclipse will occur on 21 August, when America will have the rare opportunity to see the sun completely disappear behind the moon.

This summer's eclipse will streak across North America in a 70-mile-wide path over the course of 90 minutes, starting in Newport, Oregon at 10:15 a.m. (PDT) and ending in Charleston, South Carolina at 2:45 p.m. (EDT).

Though not a total solar eclipse, students will be able to see the moon block 90 percent of the sun's light from campus. But the most ideal eclipse will be visible in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where the Sun, Moon and Earth will be in greatest alignment.

Don't worry if you miss next month's shadowing of the sun: You have another 600 million years to spot a total solar eclipse. Prior to this year's event, the most recent total solar eclipse to pass over the continental United States was in 1979.

The last time a total eclipse was seen in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia was March 7 1970. Portions of 14 states are in the path of totality, the brief phase of the eclipse when the moon is totally blocking the sun.

Get ready for the big event by learning more about the science behind the phenomenon, improve your Instas of the eclipse and score freebies, including protective eyewear, at these pre-eclipse events.

Although this one has taken nearly 100 years to come about America won't have to wait so long for the next one, as large parts of the U.S. will experience another total solar eclipse in April 2024.

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Just a warning, though, do not look directly at the eclipse without special-purpose solar filters (eclipse glasses). With highs expected in the low 80s and less humidity if the rain holds, viewers in the area will be offered near ideal conditions for the once-in-a-lifetime event in Sedalia in the path of totality.

It is not safe to look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through regular sunglasses, unfiltered telescopes or magnifiers or cameras, polarizing filters, CDs/DVDs or space blankets. He cautions you'll need a special solar filter and some patience - eclipses take awhile.

Britons have to wait much longer as the UK's next total solar eclipse is not until 2090.

Q: Can I look directly at the solar eclipse?

CNN: Where will you watch this eclipse from?

Of course, the moment of totality in most locations lasts for a mere minute or two. What makes this eclipse "Great"? The maximum eclipse will occur at about 10:16 am Pacific Time (1:16 pm ET) in OR moving across the country and exiting out over SC into the Atlantic Ocean at about 2:48 pm ET.

In Sabetha, teachers in all schools have participated in summer training and will plan age appropriate activities leading up to, during and after the Eclipse.