Solar Eclipse 2017 happening today: How to watch & what to know

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:15 AM

WATCH: Eclipse continues in Miami Valley @ 2pm

The 2017 Great American Eclipse is happening today.

The solar eclipse will begin shortly after 1 p.m. in the Miami Valley and will last nearly three hours. 

>> RELATED: What you need to know about the 2017 solar eclipse

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs will be doing a Facebook Live at 10 a.m. ahead of the eclipse on Dayton Daily News Facebook page. From 1 until 4 p.m., meteorologists will be live on the WHIO Facebook page from the Storm Center 7 studio and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

Here is a photo montage of the eclipse in the Miami Valley taken at 2:01pm

WHIO Radio will have a special live show from 1 until 4 p.m. The special Eclipse show can be listened to live here.

>> WATCH: Here’s what the solar eclipse will look like in the Miami Valley

There are several events planned throughout the Miami Valley today, including over 10 watch parties.

>> RELATED: 11 solar eclipse watch parties in Dayton

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said there is a slight chance for rain today with some cloud coverage, but there will still be the chance to see the eclipse this afternoon.

Kate Bartley in Tennessee for the eclipse

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Some local schools are closing today out of concern for student safety, while other districts are making plans, as the eclipse will be happening around dismissal time.

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Since the Miami Valley won’t experience a total solar eclipse, there is a threat and concern that looking directly at the eclipse could cause retina damage to your eyes. If you don’t have a pair of certified eclipse glasses, there are other ways to view the eclipse, including a pinhole projector.

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Animals may be affected by the eclipse, and Director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center said it may not be a bad idea to bring pets inside.

Jupiter, Mars and Venus visible this morning

Published: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 6:03 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 2:16 AM

A great line up of planets Thursday.

Mars, Venus and Jupiter will be close together in the early morning sky this morning.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Mars will be the highest in the eastern sky with Venus above Jupiter, and both planets close to the eastern horizon. The waning crescent moon will be your guide. 

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about where and when to look for these visible planets.

The moon will be above Mars with Jupiter and Venus right along the horizon on Tuesday.

Thursday, the moon will be between Mars (above) and Venus/Jupiter. 

Head outside about an hour before sunrise which is around 7:15 a.m. and look to the east.

Don't forget to share your photos with us using the hashtag #SkyWitness7.

Clear skies for meteor shower this weekend

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:53 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 3:20 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has a look at how cool we get and how active the meteor shower will be this weekend.

After finding Venus and Mars early in the week, another special treat awaits you in the early morning sky this weekend! 

>> Advice for best viewing of meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower will put on a good show Friday night into Saturday morning, and Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Debris from Haley's comet will hit Earth's atmosphere. The Orionid shower gets its name because the meteors look like they are coming  from the constellation Orion. This year, 10 to 30 meteors per hour are possible. 

>> Warming trend continues; lower temps arrive next week

This weekend skies will cooperate for great viewing of the Orionid meteor shower!

Temperatures will drop into the middle 50s overnight Saturday into Sunday. The moon will set around 8:14 p.m. so skies will remain dark. Some high clouds will be out there Saturday night, but overall it will still be a good night to view.

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Get outside and grab a blanket, find a dark spot with a good view of the sky and let your eyes adjust to the darkness. If you capture any photos share them using the hashtag #SkyWitness7!

Fall colors nearing peak across Miami Valley

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 6:07 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about our color update from ODNR and forecast heading into the weekend.

Most of the Miami Valley is seeing peak or near peak fall color, according to the latest report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The reds, oranges and yellows might not be as bright as they were in the past because of the mild start to the month. The cool nights and sunny days this week might help a few slow changing trees to really pop. 

>>RELATED: 8 places to soak up fall’s beauty near Dayton

Sycamore State Park and Indian Lake State Park are seeing peak fall color.

>> Warming trend continues, lower temps arrive next week

The third week of October is typically when the Miami Valley sees the best colors emerge, and true color should show into next week.

Heavy rain or wind can take the leaves off the trees quickly this time of year, but weather this weekend is expected to be mild.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

The rest of this week looks sunny and dry with highs in the low to middle 70s. 

Get outside and enjoy the color change. Share your photos with us using the hashtag #Skywitness7!

Saturn visible near moon this week

Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 5:36 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini tells you where to look to find Saturn this week.

Another planet will shine bright near the moon this week. 

Saturn will be visible after sunset in the southwestern sky. Wait until sunset, but before the moon sets to find the waxing crescent moon close to a shining bright Saturn.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

On Monday, the moon will be to the bottom right of Saturn, and on Tuesday, they will be right next to each other. By Wednesday, the moon will be to the top left of Saturn. 

The moon will set on Monday at 10:58 p.m., at 11:39 p.m. Tuesday and at 12:24 a.m. Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

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Remember Saturn is a planet so it will shine steady and bright, not twinkling like a star.