Eclipse: Moon will block about 80 percent of sun here

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By Joan Mieritz
Special to The PREVIEW

The Aug. 21 solar eclipse is almost here. This may be a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. The moon will block about 80 percent of the sun to viewers in Pagosa Springs.

The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association will have a memorable program (including glasses), that day; before, during and after the eclipse. Reservations are needed for the program.

The special viewing glasses are absolutely necessary for safe viewing without permanent eye damage. No kidding; not an exaggeration. Seriously, do not damage your eyes by not using them.

There are only three more Star Parties at Chimney Rock this summer. On Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 5 p.m., there will be Stars and Galaxies Programs and Viewing. On Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m., which is Labor Day weekend, will be the last solar system program and viewing including our moon.

The San Juan Stargazers are part of the Astronomical League, which includes clubs all over the U.S. The website is www.sanjuanstargazers.com; email address, sjstargazers@gmail.com and phone number, 335-8286.

Anyone interested in learning more about our amazing universe should attend a San Juan Stargazers event.