Be prepared for today’s solar eclipse

Today, a total solar eclipse will be taking place across North America. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, thereby blocking the face of the sun for us on Earth. According to NASA, this will be the last total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States until 2044.

Though Virginia is not in the path of totality, a narrow path across Earth’s surface where the eclipse is visible over thousands of kilometers wide, residents are still encouraged to wear approved solar-filtered glasses to view this afternoon’s phenomenon. Scottsville is estimated to be able to view the eclipse beginning at approximately 2pm, with mid-eclipse occurring around 3:15pm.

The town of Scottsville Police Department urges residents to be safe during today’s event and remember to be aware of school buses and possible increases in traffic. Buckingham and Fluvanna County Public Schools have closed for the day; however, class is still in session for Albemarle County Public Schools.

For more information and to view an eclipse simulator, visit Eclipse 2024.

Watch the eclipse live here.