Vincentians are among persons worldwide who are preparing for the spectacular sight of a total solar eclipse today.

All of North America, northern Mexico, the Caribbean and even the north of South America will see at least a partial eclipse – half the sun’s face covered by the moon.

It is the first such event since 1918 where the path of darkness crosses both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

People fortunate to be directly in the path of deepest shadow (“totality”) – and blessed with a clear sky – will witness our star’s light blocked out for up to two minutes and 40 seconds.

The Caribbean Institute of Astronomy (CARINA) said the Eastern Caribbean countries will experience the eclipse from 2:20 pm through 4:50 pm, while in Jamaica, it will be observed from 12:51pm and lasting for 2 hours and 43 minutes.

Persons are urged to take care since looking directly at the Sun with the naked eye can be dangerous.

Many commentators believe today’s eclipse will prove to be the most observed, most photographed, and best documented such event in human history.

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