On August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse in many cities across the United States. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun line up at the exact time so that the moon covers the sun from shining on the earth. The last time a total eclipse happened to this extent crossing all of the United States was in 1918.

What to Expect in a Total Solar Eclipse

In the Conyers area, the moon will start to cover the sun at around 1pm and will not cover the sun anymore at around 4pm. During this time period, the total solar eclipse will take place between 2:30pm and 2:45pm lasting around 3 minutes. A total solar eclipse is a rare occurrence and this once-in-a-lifetime event must be enjoyed with several safety concerns ensure an incredible experience.

When the sun and moon start to align, many of us want to stare directly at the sun as the moon approaches the star. Staring directly at the sun is okay as long as special solar glasses are being worn while star gazing. This is very important because staring directly into the sun can cause damaged vision or blindness. Whether using a telescope, binoculars, or any other device to watch the event, be sure that your device has a solar filter. These items specifically made for the eclipse can be found online for purchase. Also, during the total eclipse, there will be a sudden drop in temperature as much as 28 degrees because the moon will block the sun from providing warmth to Earth.

On what is known as the “path of totality” stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, the total solar eclipse will occur in its fullest. On this 70-mile wide path, viewers will see the sun completely covered. Outside of the path, eclipse gazers will only see the moon cover the sun partially. The farther away from the path the watcher is, the less of the sun the moon will cover. The path of totality barely touches Georgia in the Northeast area of our state with Clayton, Georgia being directly in the middle of the path.

This solar eclipse is a very special event that people will be talking about for many years, sharing the memories the eclipse created for them and their loved ones. For many of us, we have never seen a total eclipse like this ever in our lifetimes and may never see one again. Travel to a location on the path of totality or bring a lawn chair to your local park for an experience you will never forget.

For more information, visit https://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide.html.

Delayed Dismissal due to the Solar Eclipse

Although Conyers is not in the prime viewing area, you can expect to see a partial solar eclipse. There are dangers, so protect your eyes with viewing glasses. The Rockdale County Public School System has also announced delayed dismissal of all elementary, middle, and high schools to ensure that no one is on the roadways during this time. Parents will be able to check out their children earlier, but not between peak times from 2:15pm to 3pm. Scheduled dismissal times on August 21 are as follows:

ES: 3:00 p.m.

HS: 3:45 p.m.

MS: 4:30 p.m.