• Countdown is on for the full solar eclipse in summer 2017


    The countdown is on to the first solar eclipse in the lower 48 states in nearly 40 years.

    The eclipse will occur Aug. 21, 2017. While not a total solar eclipse as seen from Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, the view will still be potentially spectacular.

    The peak will happen around 3 p.m., with about 90 percent of the sun obscured. Totality will occur from South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming and Oregon.

    Reminder: Never look at a solar eclipse with the naked eye. One of the easiest ways to observe a solar eclipse is to poke a hole in a piece of paper, hold the paper to the sun (with your back to the sun) and watch the sun become eclipsed below. 

    Don't look at the sun with sunglasses. Solar filters can be used as can a welder’s mask with a rating of 14 or higher. 

    The next solar eclipse visible from Jacksonville will be April 8, 2024 (70 percent eclipsed) and then a near total solar eclipse on Aug. 12, 2045.  

    Planning to take a vacation to see the total solar eclipse? You might want to book a hotel room now. 

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