The Great American Eclipse of 2017

moon eclipse greatAs the August 21st solar eclipse approaches, you may be wondering what you can expect to see, what occurs on an astronomical level, and how you can admire the great upcoming eclipse safely. We’re here to fill you in!

The eclipse will begin Monday morning in Oregon at approximately 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PDT), and will continue through 4:00 PM Eastern Time (EDT) in South Carolina Monday night. Some areas between Oregon and South Carolina will be in the 70-mile stretch of land experiencing a total eclipse, including parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. This is a great opportunity to witness one of nature’s most incredible spectacles.

Those living in this “full eclipse zone” are in for an amazing sight: when total eclipse occurs, the moon completely blocks the sun’s bright face, leading to the landscape darkening, the stars being visible and bright, and the temperature suddenly dropping. The stark black silhouette of the moon can be seen hanging in the sky, ringed by the sun’s outer atmosphere, creating a stunning visual of a gleaming white ring around the dark moon—this is called the solar corona.

To witness a total eclipse is a truly awe-inspiring experience.

The rest of the continental United States will experience a deep partial eclipse, where the moon will cover half or more of the sun’s face. The American Astronomical Society reports that since it is as bright as the full moon, the totally eclipsed sun is safe to look at directly. A partial solar eclipse, however, is unsafe to look at directly without using a special solar filter (visit the Solar Eclipse Across America website for safety tips and suggested ways to view the eclipse without injuring your eyes).

Perhaps the most remarkable detail about this eclipse is that the moon’s shadow crosses the continental United States, yet touches no other country as its travels 8,600 miles across the Earth’s surface. Because of this, many are calling it the “Great American Eclipse” or “All-American Eclipse”.

You can find additional information about the eclipse online at www.eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

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Jim heldridge
4 years ago

Please remove my information from your mailing list. I find your support of Donald Trump very disappointing. He has continually shown a complete lack of understanding of Our national values and of how our government works. He is very selfish, bigoted and is. Usin.g in the Presidency loft his own personal profit. Wake up before it is too later

4 years ago
Reply to  Jim heldridge

If you don’t like president trump then move to another country.they will probably be glad to have you.

4 years ago
Reply to  Jim heldridge

I think you might have been looking at the eclipse for too long, for you surely are not seeing straight.

Jane Viti
4 years ago


Ron Deere
4 years ago

Yes, but to view it safely and appropriately, one needs to have the ISO 12312-2 certified eye wear. I for one would be willing to pay something extra for such eye wear just to view this amazing celestial occasion. HOWEVER, I strongly assumed that such suppliers would see their “gold mine” and would not fail to apply supply everyone desiring such eye wear. NO, I was wrong! By the time that I found out about the above ISO 12312-2 certification, it was already TOO LATE!! TOO LATE to properly view such a once in a lifetime occurrence!! Alas and alas!!

Don Short
4 years ago
Reply to  Ron Deere

Don’t worry I have been thru a solar eclipse and you do not have to look at the sun to enjoy the event. You will see everything you need to see without looking directly at the sun. If you are in bright sunlight when the event occurs you will notice the difference much more unless you are one of the anal people that have to actually see the sun. you will see plenty enough to tell your grandkids. just enjoy the moment.

4 years ago
Reply to  Don Short

I experienced a total eclipse of the sun in ’70 when I was living in Rhode Island. It was an eerie feeling to have it go from bright sunshine to pitch black & then sunshine again in a matter of minutes. Now I have the chance to experience it a 2nd time although may not be total this time. Guess I’ll know tomorrow. I agree with Don Short you don’t have to actually see the eclipse with your own eyes to enjoy the event.

4 years ago
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4 years ago
Reply to  Ron Deere

I also waited too long. Look up cereal box eclipse glasses. Better than nothing.

Robert Bazhaw
4 years ago

Will this Eclipse cause all the Confederate Statues to fall down at once? :-)

4 years ago
Reply to  Robert Bazhaw

No, but it will cause Al Gore to claim it was caused by global warming.

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