PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - In just 24 days, on August 21st, Northwest Florida will be treated to a rare solar eclipse. While the eclipse won't be total here in the panhandle. It will be pretty close with 83% of the sun obscured at peak.
Partial Solar Eclipse
Start of partial eclipse: 12:07p
Maximum eclipse: 1:39p
End of partial eclipse: 3:05p
The most recent total solar eclipse in the lower 48 of the U.S. was in 1979. The last time a total solar eclipse spanned the contiguous United States like this year was in 1918. It was that eclipse in 1918 that the path of totality passed through Northwest Florida.
The next total solar eclipse visible here in Northwest Florida will be on August 12, 2045. So mark it on your calendars!
So, I know a lot of you are asking... how do I watch this partial solar eclipse here in Northwest Florida? One way is to make a pinhole projector or you can purchase a pair of solar eclipse glasses. We have posted links on how to make a pinhole projector as well as where to buy the eclipse glasses.