Jefferson County Residents Observe Solar Eclipse

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) — Solar eclipse watchers were not out in big numbers during Monday’s event in Jefferson County.

(Pictured above: in Falls Creek submitted by Maureen Anderson King.)

But a few young people were waiting out the arrival of the moon to partially block the sun in Brookville’s Town Square.

Fourteen-year-old Kevin Eppley, soon to be an eighth-grade student at Brookville Junior-Senior High School, still needed to find a pair of the special glasses that were necessary to safely view the eclipse without damaging his eyes.

“First, before it starts, I’m going to go get a pair of glasses so I don’t get blinded. And then I’ll stand here (Town Square) and watch it,” Eppley said.

In Jefferson County, individuals saw the moon cover 77.4 percent of the sun. The moon was in the sun’s path starting at 1:12 p.m. and continued until about 3:54 p.m.

The best time to see the peak of the eclipse was 2:35 p.m.

Skywatchers outside the path of totality could still see a partial solar eclipse using solar viewing glasses that allowed skywatchers to look directly at the moon’s progress across the face of the sun.

The path of totality was a 70-mile ribbon stretching from Lincoln Beach, Ore. to Charleston, South Carolina.

It passed through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Those in that span were able to see the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States since 1979.

Outside the path of totality, skywatchers in the continental U.S. saw a partial solar eclipse, in which the moon appears to take a bite out of the sun’s disk.


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