Are you ready for the show of a lifetime? On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the United States. This is a rare event which has not been seen in North America since 1991. Back then, Hawaii was the only state to participate in the amazing event. Before that, the Pacific Northwest had an eclipse in 1979.
In 2017, the eclipse viewing starts in Oregon, then crosses the United States, and finishes far out to sea beyond the South Carolina coast. Along the way, people will be treated to the spectacle that only happens when the moon passes in front of the sun.
When the eclipse happens, day turns to night. It’s an eerie time. In the morning in Oregon, afternoon in South Carolina, the sun will be blotted from the sky, but only for lucky observers. The moon casts a shadow onto the surface of the Earth, but it’s narrow. It’s only about 70 miles across. You HAVE to be in the shadow area to experience totality, the brief period of time when the sun is fully eclipsed.
If you are outside the zone of totality, even a little, you won’t see the amazing total solar eclipse. It will get pretty dark, maybe, but the stunning effects will miss you. These include the amazing corona, the superheated atmosphere of the sun. This wispy solar feature is normally invisible as the light of the sun overpowers it. You’ll also miss the chilling effect when the moon blots out the sun.
On August 21, 2017, you MUST be in the zone of totality. You have your choice of locations from Depoe Bay, Oregon, to Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Kansas City, Missouri, and more. Nashville is in as are a number of other smaller cities, including Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina.
Where will you be?