The solar eclipse crosses the American continent today, August 21.

In Hamilton, the eclipse will not be total. Instead, we'll be able to see a 95% blackened sun as the moon passes in front of the center of our solar system.

As a result, since some of the sun will always be visible, you need to wear approved solar glasses AT ALL TIMES if you're looking directly at the sun.

Don't forget to look around and see all the differences happening as the sky darkens and the temperature drops. Even the birds get confused.

The time of the 95% eclipse will be at 11:31 a.m.

You can join the crowd at the Bitterroot College today. Their Great Eclipse Caper will start at 10 a.m. and wrap up at 1 p.m. with telescopes and activities for the kids, and eclipse-themed food and drink. The Bitterroot College is at the corner of 9th and Main in Hamilton.

the Stevensville North Valley Public Library will have an Eclipse from 11 a.m. t0 12:30 p.m.

On television check out the NASA channel or the Science Channel for continuous coverage. The Weather Channel also is providing reports. On-line, the NASA website is a great place to go. Link to NASA TV.