On Monday August 21st, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire US for the 1st time in 99 years!!
WHAT IS A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE?
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. Therefore, it partly obscures or TOTALLY obscures the image of the sun. On Monday, August 21st; EVERYONE in the U.S. will be able to see at least a partial eclipse! Those in the path of totality will see the moon completely cover the sun in this exciting celestial event!
We strongly recommend that you do not look directly at the sun during the eclipse. Caution and good judgement should be exercised!
- The total solar eclipse will begin at 10:15 a.m. PDT near Lincoln City, OR
- Trends at 2:48 p.m. EDT near Charleston, SC
- Totality will last for about two minutes and 40 seconds
- The path of totality is about 70 miles wide and extends from Oregon to South Carolina
- A total solar eclipse can only be observed when the moon is approximately 400 times closer to the earth than the sun
- The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979, although there is only one other coast-to-coast eclipse to compare this upcoming eclipse to, and that happened nearly 100 years ago on June 8, 1918
- It is predicted that between 1 and 7.4 million people may commute into the path, causing heavy traffic delays that day
- The next total solar eclipse in North America (after August 21, 2017) will occur on April 8, 2024
You don’t have to avoid enjoying the sun – but in genereal It is never safe to look directly at the sun, even when wearing protection.