When the moon passes directly between our planet and the sun we get solar eclipse. On August 21st one will happen, but beware, this will be once in a lifetime event to witness. The eclipse will be visible across the US. During the height of the eclipse spectators may notice stars appearing and may fee slight temperature change. This is first total solar eclipse to be seen from U.S. since 1979, but that solar eclipse was not visible from across the country, only from the northwest. Last full solar eclipse that could be seen coast to coast happened in 1918.
Although it will be visible coast to coast, it’ll be visible in certain areas of the United States. The weather is another factor that could spoil the experience a bit, as it will probably be cloudy.
It will be visible along a narrow line across the country that is called ‘the path of totality’. That path stretches from South Carolina to Oregon and is only 70 miles wide.
Hotels in this path are mostly fully booked, so anyone who planned on traveling there to see the eclipse, better hurry.
This path includes five capitals: Salem, Oregon Lincoln, Nebraska, Jefferson City, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; and Columbia, South Carolina. Other bigger cities that fall under the path are Casper, Wyoming; Kansas City; St. Louis; and Charleston, South Carolina.
Eclipse will last longest, which is for 2 minutes and 40 seconds, for people who are viewing it from Hopkinsville, Kentucky.Gatherings are also expected in the two of the most scenic national parks inside the line, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
For parts outside the path of totality this will be just an ordinary partial solar eclipse.
Taking the proper safety measures is very important. NASA said that only safe moment to look directly at the sun will be during the brief total phase of totality. Sunglasses are not safe option for viewing the eclipse, only safe way is to look directly at the sun is through special-purpose solar filters. Not using this and looking into sun can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness.
Pinhole camera is also one of the safe choices, and that can be easily made at home. If you miss out this opportunity, next will be On April 8, 2024, and it will be visible from Texas to Maine. That eclipse will be visible from Dallas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Indianapolis; Cleveland; Erie, Pennsylvania; Buffalo, New York; and Burlington, Vermont.
That eclipse will be seen from certain areas in Mexico and Canada to witness the 2024 eclipse as the moon casts its shadow over north-central Mexico and eastern Canada.