Great American Eclipse 2017
There hasn't been a total
solar eclipse on the United States mainland since 1979. And there hasn't been one that has stretched from coast to
coast since 1918. Now you might be thinking: "I've seen solar eclipses since 1979". And you would be correct. However, you haven't seen a total
There are three main types of eclipses:
-- The sun and moon align perfectly so that the moon completely covers the entire disc of the sun (the moon is close-enough to
the Earth, the Earth far enough away from the sun). Effectively "blacking out" the sun, creating the darkest possible conditions during the totality
phase of an eclipse.
-- The sun and moon do not completely align. The moon only covers the disc of the sun partially before moving on.
-- The sun and moon align perfectly. But, the moon doesn't completely cover the disc of the sun due to the distance of the sun,
moon, and Earth from each other at the time of an annular eclipse (Earth being closer to the sun, moon being farther away from Earth, or both). The
sun is showing around the moon like a ring in the sky.
So, while we've had other types of solar eclipses since 1979, we have not had a total
solar eclipse since then where the moon completely blacks
out the sun.
I've been planning this for a couple years already. At the time of this post, you have a year to plan, yourself. The map posted above shows the path
of greatest totality through the country. The locations within the "2-min 40-sec" band (Missouri to Tennessee) is the area I'm aiming for come next
There are a couple of great websites with a plethora of information regarding this eclipse. With tons of maps, cities within the totality zone, etc.,
to help make your planning go smoother. Both sites also have countdown clocks so that you can get more excited as the date draws near:
Great American Eclipse:
So, start planning ahead now, and enjoy one of the most stellar celestial events that a human being can witness with their own eyes come August 21,
edit on 27-8-2016 by _BoneZ_ because: (no reason given)