Solar Eclipse--TODAY

Staff Writer

Today's total solar eclipse will be the first one visible in North America since 38 years ago.

The solar eclipse next Monday, August 21, will begin at approximately 9:13 a.m. in the Colville area. While Washington will only get a partial eclipse, in Colville it'll still get to 87.46 percent coverage. In Colville the maximum coverage will be at 10:27 a.m. The eclipse will be over in Colville at 11:45 a.m. Surrounding cities will have similar times.

Looking directly at the Sun without eye protection can cause serious eye damage, or even blindness.

In order to view the eclipse, you must have specially made sun viewing glasses. There are two ways to tell if your glasses are real and not some cheap knockoffs. First, real glasses meet the Transmission Requirements of ISO and state as much with the number 12312-2 on the side of the glasses. Another way to check is by wearing the glasses and seeing if you can see your hand in front of your face. You shouldn't be able to. If you can, that means the filter allows too much light through.