After 99 Years, Total Solar Eclipse Brings Absolute Darkness

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After 99 Years, Total Solar Eclipse Brings Absolute Darkness PHOTOGRAPH: Wikimedia Commons/Kevin Baird | Under CC BY-SA 3.0

On August 21, the total solar eclipse 2017 will have the moon pass between the sun and earth. The eclipse’s shadow will be around 100 miles wide. The eclipse will begin around 1:25 p.m. EST and will last for two minutes and 40 seconds.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Most solar eclipse are partial variety which made it seem like the moon bit a portion of the sun. Moreover, the total solar eclipse is mostly not accessible for enthusiasts or skywatchers. Since most of the Earth is covered with water, if the eclipse passes through body of water, it will be hard to spot it.

The event will truly be a sight to behold. 39 years have passed since the spectacle occurred in the United States. The last total solar eclipse which darkened the U.S. mainland was on February 26, 1979. However, the sky event on August 2017 will be the first time in 99 years that the total solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast as it brings darkness. Experts estimated that the total eclipse will be the most watched event in the history of the world. The upcoming sky event is the first total solar eclipse that make path across the U.S. in 99 years.

In 1931, parts of Florida were in the shadow of a total solar eclipse which cast the place in absolute darkness. However, people will see a partial eclipse in Florida this year. In 2045, a full solar eclipse will once again cover the state and will be fully dark.

For those who want to catch a glimpse of the once-in-a-lifetime event, they can start planning on going on a trip to the spot where the full eclipse will pass through. If possible, enthusiasts can take a three-day weekend vacation to the places were the the total eclipse will pass.

Places where the total solar eclipse will pass

For those at the northeast or southwest, they can travel to Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Kentucky, Illinois, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The ideal spots for viewing would be the areas where the period of total darkness will stay the longest, NASA’s mapped location include some specific places from the aforementioned states.

The best areas to watch the eclipse would be Madras, Oregon; Snake River Valley, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming, Sandhills of western Nerbraska. the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; and Columbia, South Carolina.Other places include St. Joseph, Missouri; Carbondale, Illinois; Nashville, Tennessee and Kentucky, Nashville. The eclipse will travel starting from Oregon with the last spot in South Carolina. The longest eclipse duration will be at Hopkisnville, which will last for two minutes and 41.2 seconds.

Read more about the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 from NASA. To know when and how to catch it read from Space.com.

 

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