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Heads up: Solar eclipse to be visible in Pennsylvania on April 8 

submitted by Catherine Stroh
On Monday, April 8, a total solar eclipse will cross North America from the Southwest to the Northeast, being visible across just 13 states. The moon will pass between Earth and the sun, which will block the sun’s light. A portion of northwest Pennsylvania will be in the eclipse’s path of totality, including Erie, Crawford, Warren and Mercer counties. For almost four minutes, the sky will become dark in the afternoon.
Although our area is not in the path of totality and thus we will not see the sun totally eclipsed by the moon, there will still be an opportunity for excellent viewing of the eclipse throughout Pennsylvania, weather permitting.
The eclipse will begin to be visible around 2 p.m. on April 8. From 3:16 to 3:20 p.m., totality will occur in the northwest region of the state in the counties listed above. At the same time, the remainder of the state will see the moon covering 90 to 99% of the sun. The eclipse will conclude around 4:30 p.m.
Please be aware that you must protect your eyes to safely view the eclipse. Permanent eye injury may occur by looking directly at the sun with the naked eye, an unfiltered camera lens, binoculars or any standard sunglasses. Specific eclipse glasses or pinhole projectors are required to safely view the eclipse.

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