The solar eclipse is taking place on Monday August 21. There has been a lot of hype about this, as it may be the most near-total eclipse we will see in our lifetime. The last time the total eclipse came around was in 1918. Although Boulder will only see the partial eclipse, we will still see 93% of it and, therefore, are in a great place to experience what it is all about. Many people have been rushing around Boulder to find solar eclipse glasses and companies have been taking an influx of calls requesting these 3D-like glasses.
So what should we expect? The partial eclipse will begin at 10:22 am. Maximum eclipse will occur at 11:46 am and the eclipse ends at 1:13 pm. Yes, this is a day time event! If you want to get together with some other people in the community to take a front seat to this event, the City of Boulder Human Services Department has you covered! Visit the West Senior Center on 909 Arapahe Ave. between 10 am and 1:30 pm for free admission. If you are hungry, you are in luck, as Meals on Wheels will be serving a special lunch at the location.
What is a total solar eclipse? This happens when the moon passes in front of the sun, casting the Earth in its shadow and makes the day turn into night. It is an experience that Professors of Astronomy live for and something that people will have to see to believe. It is described as the closest you will get to truly experiencing the solar system and understanding how the sun, moon, and planets interact... unless of course you work for NASA. If you miss this one, you will have to wait until 2045 to see another total solar eclipse cut through Colorado.
So, get your glasses, get your friends and enjoy this spectacular show the solar system is hosting on Monday!
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