When St. John Will See the Eclipse

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I don’t know about all of you, but I’m pretty excited about this eclipse happening Monday. Here are all the details for those of you who are lucky enough to be on St. John…

Here on island, we will only see a partial solar eclipse. There will be approximately 81.74 percent coverage of the sun, according to people who are much smarter than I am.

The partial eclipse will being at 2:14 p.m. The maximum eclipse time – when there will be that 81.74 percent coverage – will happen at 3:36 p.m. The entire event will end at 4:47 p.m. on St. John.

Click here to see an animation that shows exactly what we will see here on St. John.

The Virgin Islands National Park is holding a little viewing party over at the Visitor Center Monday afternoon. They will have 120 pairs of eclipse glasses to give away starting at 2 p.m.

This is the first time we’ve seen a solar eclipse since 1979. Jimmy Carter was president, gas was 86 cents a gallon, and yours truly was born! (Unfortunately I missed that eclipse by a few months, so this will be the first one in my lifetime!)

I assume that Steve Simonsen, our resident photographer extraordinaire, will be photographing this rare event. We’ll share the images should that occur.

In the meantime, please remember to be very careful during the eclipse as it can be harmful to your eyes. And also, please keep your pets inside during this event. We don’t want them to get hurt either.

Have a great one everyone!

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