Near total solar eclipse in Quad Cities now less than 2 weeks away

Rare solar eclipse coming to Quad Cities on August 21

QUAD CITIES - If you're as excited as we are about the upcoming eclipse, remember you can always check the "eclipse countdown" on the right side of the page at ourquadcities.com  

Get ready for a major celestial treat in the Quad Cities during August of 2017!  We'll be treated to a near total solar eclipse on the afternoon of August 21st.

The eclipse will reach about 91% in the Quad Cities, with the maximum eclipse happening around 1:13 p.m. 

The solar eclipse in the Quad Cities starts around 11:45 a.m. as the moon begins casting a shadow on the Earth, the last phase of the eclipse ends at 2:35 p.m.

Make your plans now and be sure they include safe eclipse viewing glasses as major eye damage can occur if you look directly at the sun, even for a few seconds!  At last check these glasses were available at Lowe's stores in the Quad Cities for less than 2 dollars a pair.  .  

This is part of the first total solar eclipse to move across the entire continental United States since 1918!  And it's the first solar eclipse visible in any part of the contiguous United states since 1979.  

The path of the total solar eclipse goes from Oregon to the South Carolina coast.  Nearly all hotels along the path of totality have been booked solid for months already.  The total path does come close to the Quad Cities, but you'll have to make about a 4 to 6 hour drive to get to totality.  That is going to happen around St Louis and Kansas City, among many other places!   If you don't have a hotel already booked you might be out of luck along most of the path of totality.  Larger metro areas like KC and St Louis likely still have some vacancy while most smaller cities and towns have been fully booked for months now.    

Attached photo is courtesy of NASA.

Click here for much more info on the upcoming eclipse and let me know if you have any travel plans to go see the total eclipse!  -Andy McCray on Facebook.

 

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