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Solar eclipse happening during the Masters tournament

AUGUSTA, Ga (WJBF)- Heavy traffic is par for the course during Masters week, but what isn’t, is a solar eclipse.

The solar eclipse will begin around 1:00 Monday afternoon and end around 4:30 p.m. The sun will only be about 75 to 80 percent blocked in our area.

Dr. Gary Senn is the director at the Ruth Patrick Science Center on USC Aiken’s campus. He said it’s very important to use safety precautions when viewing the eclipse.

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“So, a very common way is using solar glasses, make sure that they’re the right ones and to say ISO on them. And if you look at them during the day, I cannot see a thing. But during the eclipse or even when the sun is out, if you use solar glasses to look up at the sun, you’ll be able to see the sun easily, without any discomfort and without any chance of of damage in your eyes,” he explained.

Dr. Senn adds that seeing a total solar eclipse where you live doesn’t happen very often.

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“There is a solar eclipse somewhere on Earth just about once a year. It’s rare to have them so close together like we have seven years apart. A rule of thumb is that wherever you live, if you stay there your entire life, you’ll probably have the chance to see one solar. One total solar eclipse that will be near you.”

Both USC Aiken and Augusta University will hold eclipse viewing events.

The Augusta University Physics club will be hosting an Eclipse viewing at the Christenberry fieldhouse from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

USC Aiken will hold its viewing event at the Ruth Patrick Science Center from 1:50 p.m. to 4:24 p.m.

Photojournalist: Dania Alawir.

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