Kamloops solar eclipse expected mid Monday morning

By Vanessa Ybarra
August 20, 2017 - 3:22pm

KAMLOOPS — The long-awaited solar eclipse is less than 24 hours away.

On Monday all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun.

The NASA website states anyone within the path of totality will witness a total solar eclipse where the moon will completely cover the sun.

In Kamloops, 80 per cent of the sun is expected to be covered by the moon.

Matt Loney, Meteorologist with Environment Canada, says the event will begin mid morning in Kamloops.

"At approximetly 9:15 a.m. we'll start to see the sun's disks being taken over by the moon," said Loney. "The maximum of the eclipse will occur at around 10:25 a.m. where 80 per cent of the sun's disks will be taken over by the moon in Kamloops."

Loney says it's crucial people wear proper eclipse glasses.

Those who don't have the recommended eye wear are strongly advised to avoid looking at the sun.

"Even looking at the sun for a few seconds at a time is extremely dangerous, so the recommended eyewear is definitely needed," said Loney.

Click here for a list of recommended eye wear and more information on tomorrow's eclipse.

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