A rare total solar eclipse will be visible from a narrow region spanning the United States. Although the path of totality will only be visible along a narrow portion of the country, most people outside of the band will see a near-total or partial eclipse. In Alford, expect to see the moon cover 66.7% of the sun. The moon will be in the sun’s path starting at 1:23pm and continue for 2 hours 34 minutes. The best time to see the peak of the eclipse will be 2:43pm.
It is never safe to look directly at the sun’s rays – even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or use an alternate indirect method. This also applies during a total eclipse up until the time when the sun is completely and totally blocked. During the short time when the moon completely obscures the sun – known as the period of totality – it is safe to look directly at the star, but it’s crucial that you know when to take off and put back on your glasses.