Solar eclipse Q&A with Franklin Institute astronomer Derrick Pitts: Coming Monday

August 18, 2017

By Staff

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, is the date astronomy enthusiasts have been waiting for: A solar eclipse visible for a wide swath of the United States. Here in Philadelphia, we can expect a partial eclipse, with about 75 percent of the sun obscured by the moon.

Ready to answer all your questions on the big day is Franklin Institute astronomer Derrick Pitts. Pitts will be in Saint Joseph, Mo., which is in the 70-mile-wide path slated to get a full eclipse. Pitts, the Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer and planetarium director, will be taking your questions live on Philly.com’s Facebook page at 3 p.m. on Monday. That’s shortly after the eclipse hits its peak in Philadelphia, which will happen at 2:44 p.m.

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