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What will Boise see on eclipse day? Darkness, maybe stars

By Bill Roberts

broberts@idahostatesman.com

What you need to know about August's solar eclipse

This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.
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This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.

If you have to stay in town on Eclipse Day, you will miss out on the total eclipse. The path of totality includes Weiser, Cascade and Idaho City, but not the Boise area.

But we’re close enough to the path of totality that we won’t miss much. People in Boise will definitely experience the eclipse, said Brian Jackson, assistant professor of physics at Boise State University.

The moon is expected to block 99.5 percent of the sun in the Boise area. It may not be like the dark of night, but it will be close, he said. You may possibly see stars.

One caution: Be sure to wear protective glasses while looking even at a partial eclipse, Jackson says.

The moment when the sun will be most obscured by the partial eclipse should be around 11:30 a.m.

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