On Aug. 21, the moon will move between the Earth and the sun and, for the first time in almost a century, residents in all 50 states will be treated to a solar eclipse.
A solar eclipse occurs when the earth, new moon, and sun align and the moon's shadow "touches" the earth. This phase of the eclipse only lasts a couple of minutes in the prime areas, and ends with the sun's western edge starting to brighten, quickly followed by Baily's Beads and the Diamond Ring Effect once again, and then a rapid brightening of your overall surroundings.
"The last time [a total eclipse] went across North America like this was 1918 - 99 years", said Dr. Angelle Tanner of Mississippi State University. The last to make any sort of landfall in the United States happened on February 26, 1979. Many did have solar eclipse glasses to sell but they have since sold out. The path is only about 70 miles wide, stretching from OR to SC, and you will only experience a total eclipse if you're inside of it. Along with being able to see the sun completely covered, viewers will be exposed to a partial eclipse as well.
"The other piece of advice I have is when you're watching the eclipse with your children, be sure your kids have their eye protection on", Van Gelder urges. A public event about the eclipse is scheduled for August 20 from 1-4 p.m.at the planetarium at the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus where approved glasses will be given away until all are gone. If you would like to see 100% totality, you will have to travel roughly 280 miles from Roanoke or a little under 4.5 hours.
The most anticipated celestial event the United States has waited to see for over a century will occur Monday Aug. 21. It is right in the path and likely will not be obscured by clouds. The more you know! Hotels in the city are likely booked to capacity in anticipation.
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Hopkinsville is the prime location for viewing the eclipse because it is the point where the moon's shadow hits the earth at the closest point to the center of the earth.
Montreal won't be the best place to see the solar eclipse, but it will definitely be visible. That is why it is important to use solar filters, or eclipse glasses.
Don't look at the sun during the eclipse or at any other time through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device, even if wearing eclipse glasses or a solar viewer.
According to a NASA's "Total Eclipse 2017" website, eclipses are the result of "the special coincidence of the moon and the sun being the same angular size".
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Two to five eclipses occur each year, and only occur when the moon's orbit crosses the Earth's ecliptic plane. ABC7 News, among others, will feature live television coverage of the eclipse starting at 10 a.m.
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