Sunday August 21, 2016

Prepare For The Great American Total Solar Eclipse

Fourteen U.S. states will have the privilege of witnessing a complete solar eclipse on August 21, 2017آ—exactly one year from nowآ—when the moon will block the sun entirely. The last one happened on February 26, 1979, so this is kind of a big deal. The next similar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024.

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آ…the sun will be partially eclipsed over an immense area that includes all of North America, the northern third of South America, much of the eastern Pacific Ocean (including the Hawaiian Islands), virtually all of the north Atlantic Ocean and a slice of western Europe. For much of the United States, at least 80 percent of the sun's diameter will be eclipsed by the passing new moon. Some eclipse chasers have billed it as the "Great American Total Solar Eclipse." And a total eclipse will be visible along a narrow track that runs diagonally from northwest to southeast across the Lower 48 آ— the first such event that's visible for this part of the world since February 1979. It will also be the first time that the path of a total solar eclipse will go coast to coast across the U.S. since 1918.