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Ravalli County Gets Best Look at Weekend Eclipse in the State

A total eclipse image. (NASA)

Sunday, people will be looking toward the sun in the evening as the moon passes in front of it.

The total eclipse will be visible on a line heading northwest through northwestern Texas through New Mexico, northeastern Arizona, southern Utah, Nevada, northern California and southwestern Oregon late Sunday. As the sun continues its path, the eclipse will then be seen in southern Japan and southern China early on May 21.

However, it will still be quite a sight here in Hamilton, even better in Darby, Sula and Lost Trail Pass. At this viewpoint, we’ll be able to see the sun about 80 percent covered by the sun. The day will get darker between 7pm and 8pm Sunday evening. Then, it’ll get lighter as the moon reveals the sun, which will then set over the Bitterroots.

Our usual caution -DON”T LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN! You can make a shadowbox – instructions online  – it’ll take a  cardboard box, two pieces of white paper, tape and a pin to make a hole. The sun shines through the hole in one piece of paper onto the other piece of paper taped inside the box.  It’s really that simple.

eclipse path




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