Get Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017,  America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.

The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina – starting to be visible at about  9.05 AM PST in Oregon, while the area of Columbia in South Carolina will be the last U.S. region to be able to witness the totality around 2.41 PM EST.

Millions of Americans will look up toward the sky on Monday and watch stars shine in the afternoon, feel the day’s heat swapped for an evening chill and hear the sounds of confused birds and animals during the first total eclipse seen in the continental US in 38 years.

Eclipse Times. Photo courtesy of Cache Valley Astronomical Society

The spectacular event in six days’ time will cross a strip of the country occupied by 12.2 million people, with millions more expected to travel to the 70-mile-wide eclipse path, aiming to catch a glimpse of a sight that has captured the imaginations of people for millennia.

“I’ve spent my entire life looking at the sky as an astronomer – at the Milky Way, the stars, meteor showers – and this is the most spectacular thing I’ve ever seen in my life with my own eyes,” Tyler Nordgren, a physics and astronomy professor at the University of Redlands, told The Guardian in an interview. Nordgren, who saw the total eclipse in Europe in 1999, said nothing compares to the multi-sensory experience a solar eclipse offers.

Read full article published by The Guardian here >>

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