(WOWT) - August 21st, 2017 is the day! The day NASA is calling The 2017 Eclipse Across America.
This will be a total solar eclipse, which happens when the sun is completely blocked by the moon. The event will cross the entire United States from the coast of Oregon to the coast of South Carolina. Right in the middle of that path is Nebraska, which will have some of the most optimal viewing!
Notice on the attached maps that Omaha is just outside of the area of totality (complete blockage of the sun), but Lincoln is in that area. Therefore, the times we'll be referencing are specific for the city of Lincoln.
As stated earlier the eclipse will be occurring in the middle of the day, which means everyone will notice the skies over us darkening. The eclipse will begin at 11:37 a.m. Monday, August 21st. This is the time the moon starts moving in front of the sun. Over the next 90 minutes you'll notice a gradual darkening as more of the sun gets blocked. Totality begins at 1:02 p.m. and ends just after 1:04 p.m. This is when skies will be darkest.
After 1:04 p.m. the skies will gradually lighten back up as the moon moves past the sun. The eclipse will be completely over at 2:30 p.m.
**DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN** You can go blind or cause permanent eye damage. You can go to NASA's website for information on how to properly view the eclipse.