The Great American Eclipse

Heads up, everyone — literally — because a solar eclipse is coming this month, and you won’t want to miss it. Port Chester native Charles Fulco, education outreach co-chair for the American Astronomical Society 2017 Total Eclipse Task Force and an independent science consultant for school districts around the US, reports that the next solar eclipse will occur over Westchester on August 21.

Fulco says this is going to be a truly special event because it’s the first time since 2000 that all of Westchester County will be able to witness a solar eclipse of this magnitude. It’s also the first time in American history that the moon’s umbra shadow falls only on the US, which is why it’s known as the Great American Eclipse.

“Those of us in Westchester will see about 76 percent of the sun covered at maximum,” says Fulco, who taught for 14 years at Port Chester Middle School, where he was also planetarium director. “Though not total, sharp-eyed residents may detect a slight dimming of their surroundings, especially when venturing outside around the time of mid-eclipse. For many young people, this will be the first solar eclipse they’ve experienced live, so this is an especially exciting opportunity, as an event like this will not occur again in Westchester for more than 60 years.”

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