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USM's Gleason quoted in Boston Globe on August's total eclipse

NASA image on the upcoming eclipse

USM's Edward Gleason, an astronomer who manages the Southworth Planetarium, was quoted in a Boston Globe story anticipating the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun.

"This might be the most watched eclipse in human history, that is the claim being made in astronomy circles anyway," Gleason told Globe Correspondent Laurie Wilson.

New England won't be experience the big darkness.

t's not in the "path of totality" that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina and will block the whole sun in such cities as Casper, Wyoming and Nashville, Tennessee.

Rather, New England will go dim, Gleason said.

The farther south you venture, the greater the magnitude of the eclipse," he told the Globe. Hartford, for instance, will experience a 70 percent obscuration.

n Portland, the number will be about 58.8 percent.

Don't be too disappointed. Maine will sit squarely in the path of totality for an eclipse on April 8, 2024. (In May 1993, the Portland campus went dark in a partial eclipse.)

Read the full Globe story here.

You can also see Southworth Planetarium's eclipse site here.