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Everything You Need to Know About the Solar Eclipse

On Aug. 21, Americans will be able to see a total solar eclipse, which many people are calling the Great American Total Solar Eclipse.

 

A total solar eclipse is whenever the moon completely blocks the sun, allowing the sun to “disappear”.

 

The path of totality, where Americans will see the full solar eclipse, spans from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A total of 14 states (Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wyoming) will be able to see the full solar eclipse.

 

Other areas in the world will be able to see the partial eclipse. The areas include Canada, Central America, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Europe and Russia.

 

For the states that are not included, they will be able to see a partial solar eclipse. Unfortunately for Texas, we will not be able to see a total solar eclipse. If you are up for a drive or a quick flight there, the closest state to us on the path of totality is Missouri.

 

It is suggested by NASA and many experts that everyone planning on viewing the solar eclipse use solar viewing glasses. According to space.com, sunglasses cannot be substituted as solar viewing glasses.

 

Beware, apparently the traffic will be extra bad on the day of the eclipse.

 

To view when you will see the partial/total solar eclipse (depending on where you will be on Aug. 21), go to NASA’s interactive map and click on your location: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/interactive_map/index.html

 

Fun facts:

  • It is expected to be the most photographed event in human history

  • June 8, 1918: last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the entire United States

  • February 1979: last time a total solar eclipse was visible from some of the United States

  • 14 states will be able to see the total solar eclipse this Aug. 21

  • Future solar eclipses visible from the United States:

    • April 2024 (12 states)

    • August 2045 (10 states)

  • Scientists will be able to take observations and data from this solar eclipse

 

Nasa’s Guide to the Solar Eclipse:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

 

NASA’s Solar Eclipse Live Stream:

https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

 

Solar Eclipse Interactive Map:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/interactive_map/index.html

 

How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Safety_508.pdf

https://www.space.com/36941-solar-eclipse-eye-protection-guide.html

 

List of Total Eclipse Viewing Events:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_2017#Total_eclipse_viewing_events

 

Best Travel Destinations to Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse:

https://www.activejunky.com/articles/solar-eclipse-vacations?_ga=2.103797184.1558662639.1502071037-1783112229.1502071034

 

For more information:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how

Photo courtesy of Takeshi Kuboki on Flickr.
Sunday, August 6, 2017