One week away from a total solar eclipse

We’re just one week away from a total solar eclipse. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. The moon casts a shadow on the Earth, which prevents us from seeing the Sun.

The path of totality goes from Texas northeast to some states in New England. Cities such as Dallas, TX and Indianapolis, IN are in the path of totality. Those in the path of totality will be able to witness the sun completely covered. Once this happens, all that will remain visible will be a white ring around the sun called the corona. The temperature may drop a bit and animals may start acting strange because of how dark it will get.

In North Alabama, the Sun will be 80 to 90 percent covered. In Huntsville, the Sun will be about 90 percent covered. Here, we’ll be able to see a partial solar eclipse, weather-permitting. You’ll still need your solar glasses! The eclipse will be from 12:43 p.m. until 3:19 p.m.

Keep checking back with the Weather Authority team for the cloud forecast!

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