Eclipse on the horizon

A total eclipse will occur on August 21, casting a shadow across the country for the first time since 1918.

For sure, it will be something to see, but don’t look at it – at least not with the naked eye, or even with sunglasses.

Atmore resident and amateur astronomer Schuyler Allen is preparing to view the eclipse and to help others do so without damaging their eyes.

On that day, Monday, August 21, he will be set up at Heritage Park from about noon until about 1:30 p.m. Not only will he have his telescope (with proper filters), he’ll also have 20 pair of glasses suitable for viewing the eclipse.

Allen invites anyone who would like to join him. He’ll be glad to help you experience the eclipse without harming your eyes.