guides

The Last Total Eclipse in the U.S.

until 2045

By Michelle Schwab, Macaroni Kid Publisher Fayette/Coweta March 28, 2024

On April 8th the sun, the moon and planet Earth will all align for many Americans to witness a solar eclipse. The Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Newnan area will view a partial eclipse, beginning on Monday, April 8 at 1:30 pm.  

What to Expect

 As seen from the Coweta and Fayette County area, the eclipse will be partial, with 80 percent of the Sun covered by the Moon at maximum eclipse.  Maximum view will occur at 3:03 pm.

 To get the best view, you’ll want to find a place with little cloud cover. An eclipse during a cloud-covered day still will get very, very dark, but you won’t be able to see the dark mask of the moon in front of the sun.

Eye Safety

 To look at the Sun during any partial phase of an eclipse, you must use special-purpose solar filters. Solar eclipses do not emit any unusual rays, but we are more tempted to gaze at the dangerous brightness of the Sun during an eclipse than on ordinary days.  The retinas of our eyes do not feel pain, so damage to vision can occur without our knowing it.  Regular sunglasses won’t block enough light. You’ll need glasses that filter all but 0.003 percent of visible light and block out most ultraviolet and infrared as well.  

CAUTION!   Make sure you get the right solar filters!   There are increasing reports of counterfeit eclipse eye protection.  The American Astronomical Society has a list of Suppliers of Safe Solar Viewers & Filters that are verified to be compliant with international safety standards.

PIN HOLE PROJECT

If you don’t have protective glasses, check out this pinhole projector that our friends at Adler Planetarium in Chicago showed us how to make using just a few supplies you likely already have on hand at home. Or, if you're short on time, simply project an image of the partially eclipsed sun through a colander.


When to Watch

Eclipse Times for Coweta/Fayette Counties

1:45 pm          Eclipse begins

3:03 pm          Maximum eclipse

4:20 pm          Eclipse ends

NASA also has an interactive map to help you decide when to watch. Click on any location in the US and it will tell you when the eclipse starts, when it peaks, and how long totality lasts.

DON'T MISS IT!  If you think you can wait until the next solar eclipse.  Think again. The next total solar eclipse that can be seen from only three states in the United States will be on Aug. 23, 2044.