Astronomy

Astronomy: The Great American Total Solar Eclipse Is Coming August 21 2017

Shalom, everyone! Inhabitants of North America will have a rare opportunity to observe a total solar eclipse set to occur on August 21, 2017. The total solar eclipse of 2017 will be the first time in nearly four decades that such an event has been visible in North America. An estimated 12 million Americans will be able to view the eclipse from within their own backyards. The path of totality will stretch from one end of the continent to the other, and will average 67 miles (108 km) in width, however; while moving through western Kentucky, about 12 miles (19 km) northwest of the town of Hopkinsville, the shadow’s size will widen to a maximum of 71 miles (114 km).

Map showing the path of totality across the United States for the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017. Credit: Fred Espenak/NASA GSFC

Source: SPACE.com


On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, casting its shadow across all of North America. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States in 38 years.

2017 Total Solar Eclipse in the U.S.

Video from NASA.gov Video/YouTube

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