Stockton Gears Up For A Partial View Of The Solar Eclipse On April 8

Yellow Line

Stockton residents are in for a celestial treat on the afternoon of April 8 as a total solar eclipse graces the skies of the United States, offering a partial eclipse for those in the Stockton area. While the city lies outside the path of totality, the event is still a cause for excitement among astronomy enthusiasts and the community at large.

This solar spectacle is anticipated to outlast the memorable eclipse of August 2017, which captivated over 215 million Americans. However, such an event won't recur until August 23, 2044, making this year’s eclipse a rare and significant occasion.

For San Joaquin County, the eclipse is set to begin at 10:14 a.m., reaching its peak at 11:15 a.m. with a 35.7% coverage of the sun by the moon. The partial eclipse will conclude by 12:18 p.m., providing viewers with over two hours of astronomical phenomena to enjoy.

Ensuring safety during the eclipse is paramount. Residents looking to witness this event should use eclipse glasses certified by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Unlike manufacturers' claims, NASA does not certify these glasses; however, all should bear the "ISO" (International Organization for Standardization) icon and the ISO reference number 12312-2 to guarantee their safety.

Local libraries in Stockton and throughout San Joaquin County are distributing free solar eclipse glasses. Availability and household limits vary by location, with certain libraries imposing specific restrictions to ensure wide distribution among the community.

For those unable to obtain certified eclipse glasses, alternative viewing methods such as shadow boxes offer a safe way to partake in the excitement. It’s crucial to remember never to look directly at the sun without proper eye protection to avoid serious harm.

A total solar eclipse provides a unique natural spectacle, causing a temporary day-to-night transition that affects wildlife behavior and offers a glimpse of the sun’s elusive corona. Stockton’s partial view of this year’s eclipse presents an invaluable opportunity for the community to engage with the wonders of the cosmos, fostering a greater appreciation for the science and beauty of celestial events.

Subscribe Now

Don't miss a thing!

Subscribe to Fat City Feed emails and get updated on everything that matters for families and communities in the Stockton area.

Submit Comment