Solar eclipses don’t occur over the continental United States very often. But Monday, for the first time in nearly 40 years, it’s happening.

On this week’s edition of the Listen Frontier podcast, we talk about the rare event with Tulsa Air and Space Museum Planetarium Director Bob Ferguson. He explains the science behind a solar eclipse, offers some safety tips for viewing one, and recounts his trip to Hawaii in the early 1990s to catch a solar eclipse there.

This is an image from the movie “Eclipse 2017,” a locally produced movie that is showing throughout the weekend at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum Planetarium, 3624 N. 74th East Ave. KEVIN CANFIELD/The Frontier.

The planetarium will be showing “Eclipse 2017,” a locally made movie on the eclipse, hourly through Monday.

The solar eclipse begins in Tulsa at 11:39 a.m. Monday. It reaches its maximum magnitude — with the moon blocking 91 percent of the sun — at 1:08 p.m., before ending at 2:37 p.m.

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