On August 21, 2017 Murphy will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. The eclipse in this area will last a little over 2 minutes and will start around 2:33 pm. This is the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The eclipse starts its’ trek across the U.S. just north of Newport, Oregon at around 10:15 am and exits Cape Romain, South Carolina around 2:49 p.m. A total solar eclipse is when the moon appears to block the sun. The sun is bigger, but is so far away it looks like the moon covers the sun and casts a narrow shadow path as the earth turns. Amazing huh? Murphy is filling up with those wanting to see this once in a lifetime event. Those in good viewing areas are having solar eclipse parties and some will travel to very high points to get better views. It is not safe to look directly at the sun so you will need to have special glasses that filter out and minimize ultraviolet, visible and infrared light. Once there is darkness, when the moon fully obscures the sun, is it safe to remove the special glass. You will want to put the glasses back on for your safety as the eclipse ends. Come to Murphy and enjoy this special time!
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