August 21 is not only the first day of fall semester at SCTCC; it’s the date of a rare solar eclipse. For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse is sweeping the entire US.
If you’re lucky enough to be traveling to the part of the country where the total eclipse is visible, good job on thinking ahead!
Unfortunately, Minnesota is not one of those states, but we will see a partial eclipse.
In St. Cloud, the moon’s path will cover about 80 percent of the sun. The eclipse will start about 11:43 a.m. on Monday, and the last bit of shadow will disappear by 2:29 p.m. The peak of the eclipse will be at 1:06 p.m.
Please take proper precautions when viewing the eclipse; it’s never safe to look at a partial eclipse with naked eyes. Even sunglasses aren’t safe when looking directly at the sun. The safe way to view an eclipse is with proper viewing glasses, through a pinhole viewer, or even with a welding helmet (make plans with your welding friends on campus!).