The United States is in for a treat on Monday.
Everyone that lives in the contiguous United States will see either a total or partial solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth blocking the sun’s light either partially or totally.
The Roswell Astronomy Club and the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium will be holding a Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing event on the sidewalk between the Civic Center and the Roswell Museum and Art Center on Monday from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Roswell will not have a total solar eclipse, only partial with 67 percent of the sun’s light being blocked by the moon. Although Roswell will only experience a partial solar eclipse, the viewing should still be great.
At the viewing, there will be telescopes with solar filters and a sun spotter. Solar glasses will also be available for purchase from the Roswell Astronomy Club and in the museum gift shop. It is never recommended to look directly at the sun even during an eclipse.
Solar eclipses occur often, but normally in areas that are densely populated. The solar eclipse Monday is unique since it is traversing across the contiguous United States from Oregon to South Carolina passing through 14 states. The length of time for the total solar eclipse will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time that a solar eclipse occurred in the contiguous United States was in 1979.