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For those of you who are getting ready to witness the solar eclipse, our team has compiled a list of viewing parties for your convenience. If you are not able to make it outside you can also tune in to the NASA’s live webcast which will start at 11:45, link provided below..

The total solar eclipse will reach its maximum eclipse point approximately at 2: 48 p.m. in the Camp Lejeune area.

Viewing Parties:

Onslow County Public Library

All branches will host watch parties from 2-4 p.m.

For more information, call 455-7350.

MCB Camp Lejeune, Camp Johnson and MCAS New River libraries

The base libraries will host events from 1-4:30 p.m. The events will have activities and will provide glasses.

For more information, call 451-6196.

Sturgeon City in Jacksonville

Viewing party noon-4 p.m.

They will be providing free viewing glasses to the first 200 participants.

For more information, call 938-6456.

To view NASA’s live web cast of the eclipse visit:https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/EDT 11:45 a.m.

Approximate times for maximum eclipse point in other areas:

Jacksonville, Swansboro, Emerald Isle area maximum eclipse point approximately at 2:48 p.m.

Raleigh area maximum eclipse point approximately at 2:44 p.m.

Fayetteville maximum eclipse point approximately at 2:45 p.m.

New Bern, Havelock, MCAS Cherry Point area maximum eclipse point approximately at 2:48 p.m.

Wilmington, Hampstead, Surf City, Sneads Ferry area maximum eclipse point approximately at 2:48 p.m. For more times and locations, visit https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/

The total solar eclipse will first touch North Carolina at 2:33 p.m. and exit at 2:49 p.m.

Other interesting facts:

The longest duration in shadow will be 2 minutes, 38.4 seconds. The speed of the moon’s shadow is 1,451 mph and the path width is 71.4 miles!