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What If It's Cloudy? How Rare Is A Total Solar Eclipse? Questions Abound Ahead Of Next Monday

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The total solar eclipse of November 14, 2012, as seen from aboard the cruise ship Paul Gauguin in the South Pacific near New Caledonia.

Bernard Arghiere of the Astronomy Club of Asheville has been speaking at events all across Western North Carolina ahead of the total solar eclipse that will pass through the region on August 21st.  He says the most common question he gets is when should people take off their special eclipse glasses during the event to see it.  But there are plenty of other queries too, and Arghiere joined BPR's Matt Bush to answer them, such as how rare are total eclipses (not really he says...there will be 68 of them this century...you just have to travel much, much further to see them).  

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.
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