The 2017 total solar eclipse is just a few days away and will be bringing both fun and safety concerns for Anderson County residents.
Starting at 1:01pm on Monday, August 21st, the eclipse will begin as the moon passes in front of the sun. It will take about 1.5 hours at 2:29pm here in Lawrenceburg to reach maximum darkness.
Although we aren’t south and west enough to see total darkness, about 96% of the sun will be blocked at the height of the eclipse in Anderson County. It will take another hour and a half to reach full brightness again at 3:53pm.
Because most of the sun but not all of it will be blocked, it is tempting to look at the eclipse without special eye protection. However, it is still very dangerous to look at the sun at any time during a partial eclipse.
According to NASA, those wanting to view the eclipse directly in Anderson County will need eclipse glasses that are meant to block the harmful light that can damage eyes. Check this NASA site for more information on safety and sources for eclipse glasses.
The Anderson Public Library wishes everyone to have fun and be safe during the eclipse!