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Aug 21, 2017

Where Were You for the Total Solar Eclipse?

Most of the United States got a rare opportunity this afternoon when they witnessed a total eclipse of the Sun. While solar eclipses generally occur twice a year, the Moon completely blocking the sun, as happens in a total eclipse, is much rarer. In Belize, as in most of the rest of North America, the eclipse was only partial; in this case about thirty-five percent of the Sun cover. It lasted from about eleven-thirty this morning to just after two this afternoon, Belize time. For other effects of the eclipse we turn to meteorologist Frank Tench of the National Met Service.

 

Frank Tench

Frank Tench, Meteorologist, National Met Service

“In Belize we are not going to experience the total eclipse as is going to be experienced in the United States; we’re going to experience a partial eclipse so skies won’t get dark as you would have in the United States. Nevertheless, there would be a diminishing of the bright sunshine if we have bright sunshine. And some of the effects associated with a partial eclipse would still be evident, such as animals behaving erratically – roosters trying to fall asleep and birds looking for cover, thinking nighttime is falling.”

 

The next major total solar eclipse crossing the U.S. is in 2024, but Central America will see a few partial solar eclipses before then.

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