On Monday, Racine will observe a partial solar eclipse. A total eclipse of the sun will not happen in our area, according to timeanddate.com

But there may be some weird things going on around you just the same.

As the sky darkens and the air cools, spiders may be seen tearing down their webs, birds may stop singing, cows may return to the barn, and squirrels to their nest. But that is folklore. It will be interesting to see if these tales hold true.

The solar eclipse begins at 11:53 a.m. when the moon will begin to touch the sun’s edge. Maximum eclipse, or when the moon is closest to the Sun, will occur at 1:18 p.m. The moon will leave the sun’s edge by 2:40 p.m. here in Racine.

It is predicted that our area will be under partly cloudy skies with temperatures reaching 80 degrees. This is an opportunity to create an event with family and friends, and enjoy a summer luncheon, picnic, or trip to one of our local event sites. You may want to just put on Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart and get in the groove! We hear she is performing live on the Royal Caribbean’s Eclipse Cruise.

Since looking directly at the sun can damage your eyes and even blind you, there are ways to make viewing boxes if you don’t have specifically designed eclipse glasses or other approved viewing apparatus. Proper eye protection is the only safe option. The ultra violet radiation can burn the retinas in the eyes in just a few seconds.

According to NASA, the following materials should never be used to view a solar eclipse: sunglasses of any kind, color film, medical X-Ray Film, smoked glass, floppy disks. You can find information on how to make a viewer and other interesting information at Nasa.gov