Everyone is gearing up for the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st. Well we have some information based on the Allentown area thanks to Timeanddate.com
Since we are farther North, we will only get a partial eclipse of about 80% totality. If you want a complete solar eclipse, you will have to wait until 2079 where a complete solar eclipse will begin right over the Lehigh Valley!
The solar eclipse will begin at 1:20pm when the moon begins to touch the sun. The direction is at 187 degrees and the altitude is at 61.1 degrees.
The maximum eclipse will be at 2:42pm at a direction of 223 degrees and altitude of 54.1 degrees.
Partial eclipse will end at 3:59pm when the moon leaves the suns edge. The direction will be at 245 degrees with an altitude of 42.2 degrees.
Here is a good guide on how to use the direction and altitude for the eclipse: https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/horizontal-coordinate-system.html
As of today, (Thursday) the weather is looking to cooperate with us and have mostly sunny skies. There will be some temperature fluctuations due to the sun being mostly hidden in the afternoon.
***REMEMBER TO NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN***
This can cause serious damage to your eyes!
To view the solar eclipse safely, we have provided a link from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to make a pinhole viewer if you have not been able to get official solar eclipse glasses.
You can also view the Solar eclipse on the Science Channel
NASA will also be streaming the eclipse live from multiple different forms of websites and social media. You can find more details here: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream