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Solar Eclipse Happening Today

A solar eclipse is happening on Monday, April 8.

The full eclipse is expected when the moon slides right in front of the sun, entirely blocking it. The resulting twilight, with only the sun’s outer atmosphere visible, would be long enough for birds and other animals to fall silent. 

Weatherology Meteorologist Paul Trambley provided some insight on the solar eclipse with WTKM News.

"Today, if you have the proper eye-wear, we should be in line to see it. It appears the sky will remain clear enough to be able to view the eclipse. It will start to happen around 12:53 p.m. and continue to 3:21 p.m. and expected to be 80 to 85 percent of totality with this eclipse."

The out-of-sync darkness lasts up to 4 minutes and 28 seconds. That's almost twice as long as it was during the U.S. coast-to-coast eclipse seven years ago, because the moon is closer to Earth.

It will be another 21 years before the U.S. sees another total solar eclipse on this scale.