Rare American Total Eclipse Of 2017: When And How To Catch It

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The excitement for the highly anticipated total eclipse of 2017 is building up as the date draws near.

On August 21, some states in the United States will experience brief darkness. This is due to the moon passing between the Sun and Earth.

This rare occurrence was last observed in the Mainland United States in 1979.

Rare Experience

The upcoming total eclipse will be visible in most parts of the continental U.S., science website Space noted. The remaining parts of the Americas and Europe will also get the chance to experience the so-called Great American Eclipse.

Lika Guhathakurta, lead scientist at NASA Headquarters, said that people are looking forward to the eclipse. The occurrence would become one of the most covered eclipses in recent American history.

“[It’s] going to be the most observed, most filmed and photographed, most studied and documented, and, probably, the most appreciated of all eclipses in human history,” said Guhathakurt.

“A total solar eclipse, I would say, is widely regarded as probably one of the most breathtaking, amazing phenomena that you can observe from this planet Earth with your own eyes.”

Where To Catch It

Although most of the country will experience brief total darkness on that day, there are still specific areas that lie along the path of this eclipse. According to the National Geographic, scientists are expecting the Great American Eclipse to cross a 8,600-mile path extending from Oregon to South Carolina.

Roughly around 12 million people happen to live along this area of totality, where the moon totally blocks the Sun. This brief darkness is expected to last around two minutes maximum.

NASA, however, noted that this duration would likely vary depending on the area. Experts also suggested that people who want to experience the eclipse must use proper protective gear to prevent eye injury.