The USA is only a month away from observing its debut complete solar eclipse in decades.
The new moon tonight marks the countdown to the total American Eclipse. This solar eclipse will turn the sky dark, lower down temperatures and reveal the majestic solar corona.
What is Solar Corona? It is the hazy aura of light that the Sun is surrounded by. It is usually not visible to the naked eye.
“It brings people to tears,” Rick Fienberg, spokesman for the American Astronomical Society (AAS), told Space.com. “It makes people’s jaw drop.”
For many, the eclipse will be a one of a kind event.
The last total solar eclipse was observed in 1932, there was a partial solar eclipse in 1970 as well but that was only around the east coast.
There are two-thirds of American citizens living within a day’s commute of the path of eclipse. It is estimated though that around 1.85 to 7.4 million people will be travelling to witness the rare total solar eclipse.
“There are so many ways in which eclipse day is going to resemble a zombie apocalypse,” Angela Speck, a researcher at the University of Missouri and member of the American Astronomical Society’s eclipse team, told Space.com.
Date of total Solar Eclipse
Monday 21st of August 2017 will be the day when citizens of North America will witness the total solar eclipse. The totality of eclipse, time and pathway of eclipse will be varied due to change in locations. Those in the west will see the eclipse in the morning and people living in the East will see it in the afternoon.
Where can You Watch the Solar Eclipse?
The eclipse will be travelling along a 70- mile wide pathway that be covering from Oregon to South Carolina, will be passing from Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina.
Everyone in North America will be able to witness partial eclipse. The cities which exists in the pathway of eclipse will be able to see Sun completely covered with Moon.
Everywhere else it will appear as if moon has a bite out the Sun.
Here are the timings for the Eclipse
|Eclipse begins||Totality begins||Totality ends||Eclipse ends|
|Madras, OR||09:06 a.m.||10:19 a.m.||10:21 a.m.||11:41 a.m.||PDT|
|Idaho Falls, ID||10:15 a.m.||11:33 a.m.||11:34 a.m.||12:58 p.m.||MDT|
|Casper, WY||10:22 a.m.||11:42 a.m.||11:45 a.m.||01:09 p.m.||MDT|
|Lincoln, NE||11:37 a.m.||01:02 p.m.||01:04 p.m.||02:29 p.m.||CDT|
|Jefferson City, MO||11:46 a.m.||01:13 p.m.||01:15 p.m.||02:41 p.m.||CDT|
|Carbondale, IL||11:52 a.m.||01:20 p.m.||01:22 p.m.||02:47 p.m.||CDT|
|Paducah, KY||11:54 a.m.||01:22 p.m.||01:24 p.m.||02:49 p.m.||CDT|
|Nashville, TN||11:58 a.m.||01:27 p.m.||01:29 p.m.||02:54 p.m.||CDT|
|Clayton, GA||01:06 p.m.||02:35 p.m.||02:38 p.m.||04:01 p.m.||EDT|
|Columbia, SC||01:03 p.m.||02:41 p.m.||02:44 p.m.||04:06 p.m.||EDT|
What is the duration of Solar Eclipse?
For those who exist in the center of the path the duration will be 2 minutes 40 seconds. The totality will be visible just for a few seconds for those who live on the edge of path
Safely Watch the Solar Eclipse
- Purchase a pair of ISO-Certified eclipse glasses.
- Use a pinhole camera
- Use pinhole projector by punching a small hole into a piece of card to project an image of the eclipse on the ground.