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THE GREAT AMERICAN SOLAR ECLIPSE

On Aug. 21, 2017, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse .

The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide. People who descend upon this “path of totality” for the big event are in for an unforgettable experience.

Although North Iowa and Southern Minnesota won’t be within total blackness, it will still be an amazing experience. ; without having to fight unprecedented traffic and crowds. State officials are urging travelers to leave days in advance, to expect some chaos and to bring emergency supplies if you are traveling to view along  the path of the Eclipse.

Mason City  and surround areas   can Expect a Partial Eclipse –  Here is a rough timing of the Partial Eclipse

Time Frame – Begins at 11:43am – Partial Eclipse at 1:08pm – Ends at 2:32pm

We will be taking a Bus down to Cameron Missouri for a viewing of the Eclipse 

Bus Trip Tickets are available in limited quantities for $50.00 per person

The Trip includes Official Eclipse Glasses, lunch in Cameron and Bus ride to the event.

Purchase Tickets at our Studios – 341 S Yorktown Pike – Mason City, IA

View a live stream of the eclipse and upload your own eclipse photos! 

 

Who Can See It?

Lots of people! Everyone in the contiguous United States, in fact, everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse, while the thin path of totality will pass through portions of 14 states.

 

How Can You See It?

You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality.  That could severely hurt your eyes.  However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing – which requires some type of filtering device and indirect viewing where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse.

If you’re planning to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, make sure you’ve got the right safety gear. Read more about proper solar glasses and where to buy. 

FREE OFFICIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE GLASSES AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

MASON CITY HONDA – 152 5th St SW, Mason City

DR. KORTHALS & ASSOCIATES – 422 S Pierce Ave, Mason City

THE OTHER PLACE – 200 US-18, Clear Lake

NORTH IOWA EYE CLINIC – 3121 4th St SW, Mason City

LAKE FIREPLACE & SPA – 1604 US-18, Clear Lake

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS – 3041 4th St SW, Mason City

You can also visit AlphaMediaEclipse.com to see a live stream of the eclipse and eclipse photos from across the country!

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