Astronomy and Astrophysics

Peninsula plans for solar eclipse

Peninsula plans for solar eclipse

In less than a week, the sun and moon will work in a spectacular tandem that graces the area only once every several hundred years – but whatever you do, don't look.

Not without eye protection, that is.

The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is set to pass diagonally through the United States, starting in Oregon and finishing in South Carolina. Viewers in James City and York counties will only be able to see a partial eclipse from this vantage point, but local organizations and residents are gearing up to watch the moon cover about 85 percent of the sun next week.

In this area, the moon will start to overtake the sun at 1:20 p.m., will reach its maximum coverage at 2:46 p.m.,...