What you need to know about the eclipse

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What you need to know about the eclipse

What you need to know about the eclipse
Solar eclipse events in and near Durango

Florida Mesa Elementary will host a school-wide eclipse viewing at its campus at 11:20 a.m. on Aug. 21. The school will provide protective eyewear.The Miller Middle School Parent Action Committee purchased eclipse viewing glasses for students and staff, who will watch the solar eclipse at 11:30 a.m. on the school’s football field.Mancos State Park will host a party and offer 100 pairs of eyeglasses to attendees. Meet at the Group Picnic Area starting at 10 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. Mancos State Park is on County Road N at County Road 42. There is a $7 per vehicle park admission charge. Carpooling is encouraged. For more information, call 533-7065 or visit http://bit.ly/2v4N3wh.The Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino del Rio, will host a viewing party from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The free event will feature four hands-on activities, viewing glasses and lunar temporary tattoos.Anasazi Heritage Center will host Eclipse Extravaganza!, a free viewing party with hands-on activities, solar-viewing equipment and live feeds from the path of totality. Attendees will learn about solar astronomy, sun safety and cultural connections to the sun. The center is at 27501 Colorado Highway 184 in Dolores.Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave., will hold its event from 10 a.m. to noon, and offer eclipse glasses, a variety of solar-eclipse-themed crafts, arts and activities. The event is free and open to all. Viewing glasses are available at the library, and community members are welcome to one pair each.

What you need to know about the eclipse

A total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States on Aug. 21, moving from the Northwest to the Southeast. In Cortez, the eclipse will be about 80 percent visible.
This illustration depicts the alignment of the sun, the moon and Earth, which only perfectly occurs about once every 18 months, on average. The umbra and penumbra are shown. Image courtesy of NASA
This image shows the maximum eclipse view people will see at 11:41 a.m. in Durango during the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Image courtesy of Timeanddate.com.
Viewing the total solar eclipse without protective eyewear is dangerous. If you don’t have special eclipse glasses, this is an alternative idea. Image courtesy of NASA
The last time a total solar eclipse crossed the entire North American content was in 1918. Courtesy of NASA
The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the contiguous United States was in 1979. One will occur on Aug. 21 and then not again until 2024. Courtesy of NASA
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