The Great American Eclipse set for Monday, Aug. 21

Tom Hinde

People around the nation will celebrate the Great American Eclipse today. The phenomenon occurs when parts of the Earth are in the shadow of the moon as it passes between our planet and the Sun. It's the first coast-to-coast total eclipse since May, 29, 1919. Fourteen states, from Oregon to South Carolina, will be in the path of totality, and the totality path will be about 70 miles wide. Residents in the Texas Panhandle will witness a partial solar eclipse.

Locally, prime viewing time will be from 11:29 a.m. to 12:56 p.m. Alibates Flint Quarries will host a viewing of the eclipse today beginning at 11:00 a.m. Appropriate viewing glasses and pinhole eclipse viewers will be made available to visitors.

The next solar eclipse of any kind will not occur again until April 8, 2024. It will be visible from Texas to New England. More total eclipses in the U.S. will follow in 2044, 2045 and 2078. In other parts of the world, the next total solar eclipse will be visible in Chile and Argentina on July 2, 2019. For more information on today's eclipse visit