For those who watched, that was pretty cool.
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Who NEEDS Eclipse Seeker Protective Eyewear?
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Regardless of where you are in the United States on August 21, 2017, you will need Eclipse Seeker protective glasses to view the solar eclipse.
Everyone in the USA will see at least a 50% solar eclipse. The majority of the United States will see at least a 75% solar eclipse. The closer to the center gray path you are, the percentage of eclipse you will witness increases. People within the gray path will witness the total eclipse (100%).
This unique map shows the path of the moon’s umbral shadow – in which the sun will be completely obscured by the moon – during the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, as well as the fraction of the sun’s area covered by the moon outside the path of totality. The lunar shadow enters the United States near Lincoln City, Oregon, at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins in the United States in Lincoln City, Oregon, at 10:16 a.m. PDT. The total eclipse will end in Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. EDT. The lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 p.m. EDT. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United States.
USA 100% Solar Eclipse Path
NASA's USA 100% Eclipse Moon Shadow Path
100% Solar Path by State
What Is a Total Solar Eclipse?
Next Total Solar Eclipse: Mon, Aug 21, 2017
Next Eclipse: Partial Lunar Eclipse – Mon, Aug 7, 2017
Total solar eclipses occur when the New Moon comes between the Sun and Earth and casts the darkest part of its shadow, the umbra, on Earth. The darkest part of the eclipse, the totality, is almost as dark as night.
During a total eclipse of the Sun, the Moon covers the entire disk of the Sun. In partial and annular solar eclipses, the Moon blocks only part of the Sun.
Here is how YOUR Personal eclipse will happen:
Eclipses are named after their darkest phase. If a solar eclipse is total at any point on Earth, it is called a total solar eclipse, even though it's seen as a partial solar eclipse in most areas.
5 Phases (will last approximately 2.75 hours depending on your location)
Partial eclipse begins (1st contact:) The Moon starts becoming visible over the Sun's disk. The Sun looks as if a bite has been taken from it.
Total eclipse begins (2nd contact:) The entire disk of the Sun is covered by the Moon. Observers in the path of the Moon's umbra may be able to see Baily's beads and the diamond ring effect, just before totality.
Totality and maximum eclipse: The Moon completely covers the disk of the Sun. Only the Sun's corona is visible. This is the most dramatic stage of a total solar eclipse. At this time, the sky goes dark, temperatures can fall, and birds and animals often go quiet. The midpoint of time of totality is known as the maximum point of the eclipse. Observers in the path of the Moon's umbra may be able to see Baily's beads and the diamond ring effect, just after totality ends.
Total eclipse ends (3rd contact:) The Moon starts moving away, and the Sun reappears.
Partial eclipse ends (4th contact:) The Moon stops overlapping the Sun's disk. The eclipse ends at this stage in this location.
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August 21, 2017