Learn More On Sunday About August Solar Eclipse

Sutherland, Iowa — There’s an opportunity for you on Sunday to learn more about the total solar eclipse coming in August.

According to, a solar eclipse isn’t that unusual. But to see one from an individual location in a person’s lifetime is fairly unusual. If you miss the one coming up in August, your next chance isn’t until 2024. We saw partial eclipses in 1979 and 1994, but they say we haven’t seen a total eclipse from our area since 1954. And while the one in August will be a total solar eclipse, you’ll need to travel to see the sun completely blocked. The closest total viewing angle is in Nebraska.

The O’Brien County Conservation Board is offering a number of opportunities to learn more about the solar eclipse. On Sunday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m., people are invited to take their family out to the Prairie Heritage Center to learn more about this special event. There will be activities and experiments which will focus on the sun, moon and earth. Various methods of safely looking at the sun will be displayed.

For more information about the event, contact the O’Brien County Conservation Board at 712-295-7200.

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