Here Comes The Eclipse

Ed Smith

Speaking to a group of children recently at the Buena Vista Library, Dr. Timothy Knudson, professor of physics and astronomy at Southern Virginia University, prepares to put on a pair of protective glasses that make it safe to view a solar eclipse.

Knudson spoke to the children about the upcoming Aug. 21 eclipse that will have a path of totality, or a complete blockage of the sun by the moon's shadow, across the continental U.S. In the Rockbridge area, 88 percent of the sun will be blocked at 2:41 p.m., when the eclipse reaches its maximum point. The eclipse begins here at 1:15 p.m. and will last for about three hours.

To see a time-lapse video of the upcoming eclipse courtesy of NASA, visit

The News-Gazette will present a story in the Aug. 16 issue about local events relating to the eclipse.

(Ed Smith photo)


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