Source: Space Science Institute

If you notice the sunlight dimming Saturday well before sunrise, around 8:05am, it’s an eclipse that will be visible throughout the state, including the Monterey Bay Area.

The Space Science Institute says the moon will pass between the sun and earth, causing an “annular solar eclipse.”

The show kicks off at 8:05am and builds in intensity, with the maximum eclipse occurring at 9:20am. The path of the eclipse starts in Oregon and moves southeastward, and will leave the U.S. at the Texas Gulf coast.

The Monterey Bay Area will experience between 70 and 80% eclipse of the sun.

Visit to find out what it will be like in your area and for safe viewing information.

The Watsonville Public Library is handing out free safe viewing sunglasses and info sheets.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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