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NASA has calculated 83 percent of the sun will be obscured by the moon over Panama City

“NASA has calculated 83 percent of the sun will be obscured by the moon over Panama City, so the eclipse will be noticeable, even without being in “the path of totality.”

PANAMA CITY — The Aug. 21 solar eclipse will be the first visible from the Panhandle since 1979, and there won’t be another one until 2045. Florida isn’t in the eclipse’s direct path but will still see a partial blockage of the sun.

It will host a viewing party of the total solar eclipse from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the library, 2375 State Road 3 North in North Vernon.

Popcorn will be provided during a short movie explaining what happens during a solar eclipse. In order to avoid damage to the eyes, the movie also will explain safety measures to follow during an eclipse, said Rose-Marie Howell, director of the Adult Services Department.

After the movie, free solar protection glasses will be provided and the party will move outside to view the eclipse. Howell said participants should bring a lawn chair, a bottle of water and sunscreen.

The total eclipse will be the first in 99 years to be seen from one coast to the other, and the first in 127 years to be seen exclusively in the United States, Howell said, based on her research of the upcoming event.

A narrow path of total darkness will extend from the west coast to the east coast during the eclipse. The rest of the nation will also experience portions of the eclipse with varying degrees of darkness. The path of total darkness will pass through Kentucky, Howell said.

South-central Indiana will not be thrown into total darkness, Howell added. The eclipse will be visible in Jennings county from 12:57 to 3:48 p.m. The period of maximum darkness in Jennings County will be about 2:24 p.m., Howell said.

All ages are welcome at the event, but pre-registration is recommended because only 30 spaces are provided for the party, Howell said.

The solar eclipse viewing party is just one of the upcoming public events the library is hosting.

For those wanting to see the full eclipse without having to travel, the next solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 will place Corsicana directly under the path of totality.
Monday, August 21, 2017 (times vary by location)

Total eclipse visible
65-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina

Partial eclipse visible
North America and parts of South America


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