SPECIAL COVERAGE: Solar eclipse 2017 in the ArkLaTex - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

SPECIAL COVERAGE: Solar eclipse 2017 in the ArkLaTex

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The first total solar eclipse in the United States in nearly 40 years tracked from coast-to-coast on Monday, dimming the skies just enough to be noticeable in the ArkLaTex. 

But it was still enough to inspire wonder, as crescents cast in the shadows of the eclipse flickered on the ground through tree branches. 

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An attempt at the world record for the largest astronomy lesson appears to have smashed at University Elementary, with an unofficial total of 1,334 in attendance. Documentation of the record-breaking attempt still need to be verified. 

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun and casts a shadow across the surface of the Earth. When the moon only covers a portion of the sun it's known as a partial solar eclipse.

The moon began to pass in front of the sun for those viewing from the ArkLaTex at 11:46 a.m. EST and reached maximum coverage of 79% at 1:17 p.m.

For just a few minutes in a narrow strip from Oregon to South Carolina, the moon totally covered the disk of the sun turning what would normally be a bright afternoon into something more reminiscent of a full moon at night. 

For more information

We've dedicated a whole section of KSLA.com to information about the eclipse. You can find by clicking here.

Next total solar eclipse 

This won't be the only total solar eclipse in the near future. Another one will happen on April 8th in 2024 and it will be even more spectacular than this one here in the ArkLaTex. The path of totality will include the northern ArkLaTex in areas near and north of I-30.

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