Written by: Stacia Hentz
Date: August 17, 2017

This image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on Mar. 11, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. EDT, shows the moon crossing in front of the sun.

This image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on Mar. 11, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. EDT, shows the moon crossing in front of the sun. Photo: Courtesy of NASA/SDO

The countdown has begun, we’re a days away from the first total solar eclipse since 1979, and the first to cross America since 1918. I hope you have your eclipse glasses — they’re disappearing faster than the Sun on Monday.

If you can’t find glasses or get stuck inside, WOSU TV has you covered on Monday night at 9pm with the special NOVA: Eclipse Over America.

Monday’s solar eclipse will pass through 14 states.  We won’t have the opportunity to see the total eclipse here in Columbus, but we will see a partial eclipse. Starting at 1:15 p.m. a lunar shadow 73 miles wide will take one hour and 33 minutes to travel from Oregon to South Carolina, providing continuous viewing for 90 minutes. We’re suppose to hit our peak here around 2:30pm.

NOVA will be with the teams working on the forefront of solar science and solar storm detection. In addition to NASA footage of the event, they’ll coordinate with local PBS stations along the path of totality, who will provide footage shot in their own back yards.

In true NOVA style, the program will also feature immersive CGI animation to reveal the sun’s secret mechanisms and stunning sequences of the eclipse itself.

NOVA is thrilled to provide our audiences across the U.S. with an up close, in-depth look at this extraordinary event,” said Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Producer of  NOVA. “We are excited to share the experience with viewers and provide a scientific perspective on the celestial mechanism behind this total solar eclipse and what it can tell us about the inner workings of our sun.”

To make sure no one misses out NOVA, in partnership with PBS NewsHour, will present a Facebook LIVE video during the eclipse hosted by PBS Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien.

An encore presentation of NOVA: Eclipse Over America will air Wednesday night at 8pm on WOSU TV, followed by The Farthest-Voyager in Space at 9pm. This is a two-hour special about NASA’s historic Voyager mission launched in 1977 that revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings.


  • Klaus VonNudelman

    At least you guys are treating him with respect. The rest of PBS is disgusting.

    • GGW1970

      You are obviously not watching the same PBS as I am. Every series is fantastic and most well done!

  • grandmasitter

    When does Season 4 start?

    • GGW1970

      June 18, 2017

  • Josephine White

    Miss Fisher’s mysteries are the most well written and beautifully costumed show on television any country, any genre. I am from New Mexico, (not New and Not Mexico,). I watch this show with my grand daughters and we all love Miss Fisher. To end it at season 3 is totally unreasonable. Let’s get the gang back together and protest, write, blog, twitter or what ever to make them do more. I am a month from being 70, so I will write real letters. Jo White, USA.

    • Celia R. Javadi

      I agree.

      Are you the Jo White who put the Mooney family history on the Everything Cherokee website?

  • Donna Steele

    Fishers mysteries, season 3 is over. Bummer. I am waiting for season 4. While I am waiting, how about a repeat of 1, 2, & 3. Doc. Martin, as Time Goes by, and Keeping up Appearance, do it. I would love to watch the repeats.