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Look to the Stars on April 8 for the Total Eclipse

Looking to the stars has been a part of the Black community’s DNA for centuries. Enslaved people used astronomy to find their way north to freedom. Nat Turner, also known as “The Prophet,” saw the eclipse in 1831 as a sign from God that eventually led to the Southhampton Insurrection in Virginia. African American Benjamin Banneker taught himself astronomy and advanced mathematics and successfully predicted the solar eclipse that occurred on April 14, 1789, contradicting the forecasts of prominent mathematicians and astronomers of the day.

Also, for many cultures, eclipses are a great time to do spiritual cleansing, prepare for life changes, or find time to meditate. Get your incense and solar glasses to get a glimpse of the total solar eclipse crossing the Northwest skies of San Antonio and the Hill Country on Monday, April 8. If you live in a more central part of the city, you won’t see much. San Antonio sits right on the Eastern edge of the eclipse’s journey. Maximum totality is estimated at 1:34 pm Texas time. This is the first time in over 300 years that San Antonio residents will experience a total solar eclipse. 

According to NASA, the path of totality – where viewers can see the Moon block the Sun, revealing the star’s outer atmosphere, called the corona – is much wider with this year’s solar eclipse than it was during the eclipse in 2017.

To safely see the eclipse, you will need special glasses that are “approved.” Many solar glasses have hit the market, but they won’t protect your precious eyes. Make sure to ask or research which are the right ones.

Ebony Huerta Wells has over 25 years of writing and media experience. She was a former business journalist with a major newspaper and worked for other niche publications.

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