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Excitement is building as a celestial event of epic proportions approaches – a solar eclipse! On April 8th (Monday), Those of us in the Sioux Falls Area will have the opportunity to witness this awe-inspiring phenomenon. As the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting its shadow upon our planet, we’re in for a visual treat. Here’s your guide to making the most of this rare event right here in Sioux Falls.

Timing and Duration

The solar eclipse is set to occur on April 8th  with the peak expected around 1:52 PM. Mark your calendars and set your alarms! While the total eclipse won’t be visible from Sioux Falls, we’re still in for a partial eclipse, which promises to be a captivating sight. The peak coverage of the sun here in the Sioux Falls Area is predicted to be around 77%.

Remember, the eclipse will last for several hours, so plan accordingly and ensure you have enough time to enjoy the show. The start of the eclipse will look like a little bite has been taken out of the sun, with our peak here being around 77% covered, and then back to a bite out of the sun! 

Weather and Location

Find a suitable viewing spot where you’ll have an unobstructed view of the sky. Parks, open fields, or elevated areas are ideal choices. Sioux Falls offers plenty of great locations for eclipse viewing, such as Falls Park! 

Something to keep in mind is the weather. If it’s a sunny day here in the Sioux Falls area we will be able to enjoy the partial eclipse. But if it’s cloudy, we may not even know it’s happening! 

Consider joining in at the Washington Pavilion for their Solar Eclipse events on April 8th! 

Safety First

Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection. Let’s repeat that: never look at the sun without protection! Even during a partial eclipse, the sun’s rays can cause serious eye damage. To view the sun you will need certified solar viewing glasses or use a solar viewer to safely observe the eclipse. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient for viewing the sun.

Get a pack of certified glasses here

Capture the Moment:

Bring along your camera or smartphone to capture the eclipse, but remember to prioritize safety over getting the perfect shot. Use a solar filter or eclipse glasses on your camera lens to protect your equipment from the sun’s intense rays.

Embrace the Experience

Take a moment to appreciate the wonder of the universe and the rare opportunity to witness a solar eclipse. Encourage friends, family, and neighbors to join you in observing this celestial spectacle. It’s a memorable experience best shared with loved ones. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and be prepared for potential cloud cover. Even if the skies aren’t clear, you can still enjoy the eclipse’s effects and atmosphere.

Mark your calendars, gather your viewing gear, and get ready to witness the magic of the solar eclipse right here in our own backyard.