At about 1:15 p.m., go outdoors to check for clear skies and to take a deep breath in recognition that today, Monday the 21st of August 2017, is a rare day under the Sun. We will experience the movement of celestial bodies, which promises to feel like the ‘music of the spheres.’ With eyes shielded by solar viewing glasses, see the moon move in front of the Sun and eclipse the Sun! The total phase of the solar eclipse will not be visible in the Berkshires; however, there will be a partial eclipse: the sun will be 73 percent darkened at peak. Image courtesy timeeanddate.com

EYES TO THE SKY: TODAY The Great American Eclipse, 1:23 p.m. – 3:57 p.m., peaks at 2:43 p.m.

Monday, Aug 21 / By / If you don’t have the eye-protective lenses required, it will be easy to take turns watching the progress of the eclipse with someone who does because the changes are so slow that you won’t miss anything.

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