Total solar eclipse will be viewable in local area on Monday, April 8

TOTALITY–Will Harbaugh of Red Bud snapped this picture of the total solar eclipse in 2017. Next Monday, as long as the weather is favorable, the local area will be treated to another total solar eclipse around 2 p.m. on Monday, April 8.

Next Monday, April 8, will be an exciting day as our local area will experience a total solar eclipse for the second time in only seven years.

While there have been a few solar eclipses viewable in our area in the past, a total eclipse is more rare. A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk.

The local area was lucky enough to be able to view a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

For more on the eclipse, please see this week’s print edition.