Total solar eclipse 2017: Everything you need to know

09 August, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Irene Delgado
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"We encourage visitors to come for the day, spread a blanket on the Parade Field in the afternoon, make a pinhole projector, and view the solar eclipse together".

NASA will live stream the event in various platforms, so all one has to do is open up any of the agency's streaming platforms.

"It is the most weird, creepy, awe-inspiring astronomical event you will experience", Cooke says. "If you have an opportunity to get into the path of the eclipse, it's definitely an item that should be on everybody's bucket list", he told ABC News.

A map of the path of the eclipse. "Although a total eclipse was seen on the Big Island of Hawaii on July 11, 1991, no other total eclipse was visible from the lower 48 states of the US between 1979 and 2017 - a lapse of over 38 years!"

Channel your inner science teacher. Since light from the corona is about 1 millionth as bright as the surface of the sun, it can only been seen from the Earth during a total eclipse.

Concerns have mainly centered within the states of OR and SC as they are in the "path of totality", where the obscuration of the sun by the moon is at its darkest, therefore so little light being absorbed that they become dysfunctional. The path of totality begins in Lincoln Beach, Oregon. There, you can see the shadow gradually biting into the disc of the sun until it's swallowed completely. In Anderson, we get to see approximately 93 percent of the sun go dark.

Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic.

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Hawaii experienced a total solar eclipse in 1991. The Solar Eclipse on August 21st will occur because the Moon covers up the shape of the sun and those in the proper setting will see it as a complete black out of our Sun. "This total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event".

Here's a Post FAQ on what you need to know about the eclipse: http://wapo.st/2vfn71m.

The 70-mile-wide swath of land where the full spectacle can be seen stretches from OR to SC, with 12 states in its path. In Muncie and Anderson, the partial eclipse begins about 12:59 p.m., maxing at 2:25 p.m. and ending at 3:48 p.m.

The current NASA map shows that path, arching in a line across the United States from OR through Missouri and continuing through SC and into the Atlantic Ocean, will just miss dozens of communities in the southern reaches of the Kansas City area.

"Where you view the eclipse within the eclipse path will determine the degree to which you are able to witness totality", said Ms. MacTavish. "Plan ahead, expect that there's going to be heavy traffic, and expect that hotels are going to be full and that there's going to be congestion".

Despite this, in May California's grid operator noted that it has sufficient fast-ramping resources to make up for a rapid fall in solar output and subsequent return once the eclipse passes. Once the moon is covering the sun the complete black out will last for only a few minutes. With the drop in temperature, warm air ceases to rise, which changes wind speed and direction.

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