Preparing for the Solar Eclipse
Usually, Americans who want to see a total solar eclipse would need to fly to a faraway place like Kenya or Norway — all for a few seconds of magic that could easily be ruined by a cloud in the wrong place.
ON Aug. 21, for the first time since 1979, lovers of daytime darkness can easily see a total solar eclipse from the United States.
From Oregon all the way to South Carolina, the path of what’s being called the Great American Solar Eclipse will sweep across so many populated areas that some say the 2017 event will likely be the most watched astronomical phenomenon in history.
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Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun and casts a shadow on the surface of the Earth. An eclipse can be partial or total, which happens when the moving moon completely blocks Earthlings’ view of the sun for anywhere from a few seconds to near eight minutes.