On Monday, Aug. 21, the United States will experience a solar eclipse.

You have to know about it. You watch the news and weather on television, don’t you? On Monday, Aug. 21, the United States will experience a solar eclipse. While a swath of the country will experience a total solar eclipse, in our area it will be a partial eclipse, with nearly 90 percent of our view of the sun covered by the moon’s shadow.

Cross you fingers for a clear sky on Monday afternoon. The following times were found on timeanddate.com for Mankato: eclipse begins at 11:42 am.; maximum eclipse is at 1:05 p.m.; the eclipse ends at 2:29 p.m. Sunny or cloudy, it will get dark.

The Dyckman Free Library has “eclipse glasses” on hand for those who would like to come to the library and view the eclipse.