On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States all the way from OR to SC. Although our viewing area isn't in the path of totality, Arkansas and Oklahoma will still see a near eclipse. It will be an interesting astronomical event but not as dramatic as totality.
Our eyes are too sensitive and fragile for us to stare at the sun safely - eclipse or not. Our Dave Longley has some tips article he posted a week ago. Remember, you do not need to be in Hopkinsville to see the eclipse.
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. The Sterling Hotel and Extended Stay had 3 rooms left at $2,500 for one night! The last total eclipse in the United States occurred on February 26, 1979. It will cross the OR coast and exit near Charleston South Carolina.
The last total eclipse in the USA was in 1979.
Get your solar glasses ready - the upcoming eclipse on August 21 will be a rare chance to see the moon cross directly between the sun and Earth. Even places that reach 99% won't get the true spectacle that comes with totality. Many did have solar eclipse glasses to sell but they have since sold out.
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Michael Zeiler of GreatAmericanEclipse.com estimates anywhere from 1.85 to 7.4 million Americans will visit the path of totality on August 21. Stand with your back to the eclipse and look at your hands' shadow on the ground. Some 90 minutes later, it will have made its way through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee and SC.
North America will experience another total solar eclipse April 2024, with the totality line extending from Mexico to eastern Canada in a northeasterly direction. Oregon State University in Corvallis, which is in the eclipse path of totality, has canceled classes and closed offices and will host eclipse-related events. In other words, the moon is directly blocking the face of the sun, and all you can see is the corona of the sun around the moon's image.
Huston said the sun is different during a solar eclipse than it is normally.
The path of the August 21 eclipse runs from OR to SC with Hopkinsville, Kentucky being the point of greatest eclipse. Yeah, you'd really be doing us all a big favor.
As the "diamond" disappears, the next thing you'll see (for just a few seconds) is a series of little dots, or "beads" on the rim of the sun where the "diamond" just was.