The Solar Eclipse 2017 will take place on 21st of August and it will be visible from most places in the United States. The last total solar eclipse was on March 9th 2016 and it was amazing. People who saw the last one will definitely want to see the one from 21st of August.
Solar Eclipse 2017
In order for a total solar eclipse to form, the moon needs to pass between the sun and the earth. This action blocks the Sun and only the Sun’s atmosphere is visible. You might ask how this is possible since the Sun is a lot larger than the Moon. In fact the Sun is 400 times larger than the moon. However, the distance from the Sun to the Earth is also about 400 times of the Moon’s. This effect gives you the impression that both have the same size when looking at the sky from the ground.
A total solar eclipse only occurs when the Moon is as close to the Earth as it can be; otherwise it would be just an annular eclipse.
NASA also has a special event for experiencing this year’s eclipse.
Where Is It Visible?
The path where the total Solar Eclipse 2017 will be visible is roughly 70 miles wide and it goes from Oregon to South Carolina. In between we have Wyoming, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia. Below you can see the exact path of the Solar Eclipse, to give you a better idea if you are one of the lucky ones to see it.
How Long Does It Last?
Figuring up how long it will last depends on what your position will be during the Solar Eclipse 2017. At the most, the moon will cover the Sun for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. This is only if you will be somewhere in the center of the path. If you will be located at the edge of the path, the duration of the total solar eclipse will decrease. Furthermore, those who will stand right on the edge of the path will get to see the total solar eclipse for just a few seconds.
Safety Measures For Watching The Eclipse
If you are planning on going somewhere along the path of totality to observe the Solar Eclipse, don’t forget to take some safety precautions. Looking at the sun directly with your eyes can cause permanent eye damage. NASA even specified that when the Sun is 99% covered, you can still suffer eye damage. The only time when it’s safe to look at the sun with the naked eye is when it is completely covered by the Moon. Otherwise, you will need Eclipse glasses.
Best Destinations For Watching The Eclipse
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is a beautiful place with stunning views anywhere you look. It is also in the direct path of totality. The Eclipse will last from 10:16 am to 01:00 pm and the total solar eclipse will be at 11:36 am.
Wind River Range is very close to Yellowstone Park and the Grand Tetons. Thus it will serve the perfect place for people that want some quiet during the Eclipse. Here you will enjoy the breath taking landscape that surrounds the area. The Total solar eclipse will take place at 11:37 am.
Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho is another place to visit during the Eclipse. However, you must be at the Bald Mountain Ski Area and North if you wish to be in the path of totality. The eclipse will last from 10:12 am to 12:52 pm and the total Solar Eclipse will be at 11:29 am.
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