WHAT IS THE ECLIPSE?
The moon passes between the sun and Earth blocking, or eclipsing, the sunlight, and casting a shadow on the Earth. The fully shaded inner region of the shadow, or umbra, projects the total eclipse, a full blocking of sunlight. Areas of the shadow that are partially shaded, or penumbra, project a partial eclipse:
The eclipse path starts over the U.S. beginning in Lincoln City, Ore., at 12:16 p.m. CDT, and will travel southeast ending in Charleston, S.C., around 2:48 p.m.
WHY IS THIS SUCH A BIG DEAL?
This particular solar eclipse is the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse since 1918. Everyone in the United States will be able to see some form of the eclipse. Often the eclipse is just visible from a portion of the US or not at all.
WHEN IS THE ECLIPSE IN NW INDIANA?
The moon’s shadow will begin to appear on the moon around 11:55am (CT) and will reach its peak around 1:21pm. The sun will be fully visible once again around 2:44pm.
WHAT’S THE FORECAST LOOKING LIKE?
We’re looking OKAY right now–but a storm system will likely be close-by to our west, northwest and we may have some cloud cover to deal with off of that system. Still too many days away to highlight exactly where clouds will be off of any storms, but it’ll be a close call! As of now, we’ll go with sunshine and some passing clouds–but DRY. Stay tuned!
HOW CAN I VIEW THE ECLIPSE?
We all know not to stare directly at the sun, but what about looking at the eclipse? Just for a few seconds? NO WAY. Here’s how you should do it:
FUTURE SOLAR ECLIPSE DATES:
If you’re going to miss next Monday’s event, you won’t have to wait too long (relatively) for the next solar eclipse in NW Indiana. We’ll see another partial solar eclipse on October 14th, 2023 and another one on April 8th, 2024.