Solar eclipse expected at 85% in La Crosse

Five days until the rare solar eclipse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - We are just 5 days away from a rare total eclipse of the sun.

Planetary experts say it's the first time a total solar eclipse will be able to be seen coast-to-coast in the United States in 99 years.

People in a 70-mile wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will be able to see the sun completely covered by the moon.

Here in La Crosse, experts say the eclipse will cover about 85-percent of the sun, which should be noticeable if the weather is clear.

"I'm pretty sure that if it's clear, the street lights will come on, it's kind of borderline for that, but could do it," said UW-La Crosse planetarium director Bob Allen. "If it's clear, you'll definitely know the lighting has kind of a silverish or pearly effect to it, it's like dusk even though it's daytime."

The eclipse should start at about 11:45 a.m. on Monday, before peaking at about 1:10 p.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m.

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