Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21, 9:02 a.m., the sky


Nobody knows why the moon and the sun appear to be exactly the same size in the sky. There is no scientific explanation for this bizarre coincidence. And even though the odds against such a thing are (ahem) astronomical, no one gives it much thought. That will change when the pair perform a pas de deux resulting in a total solar eclipse. In parts of North America, the sun’s aurora will show itself and the stars will come out. Here in Sac we’ll see about 70 percent of the show—still literally awesome. 9:02-11:39 (peak at 10:17).