Eclipse

Full Solar Eclipse 2017

Fun, Safe and Historic!

The clock is ticking for the eagerly anticipated ‘Great American’ solar eclipse that will make its way across the U.S. on Aug. 21. This is what to expect.

The solar eclipse, which is the first to the cross the entire country coast-to-coast in almost 100 years, is expected to take about an hour and 40 minutes to makes its journey across the U.S. The total solar eclipse will start near Lincoln City, Oregon at 1:15 p.m. EDT, and totality will end at 2:48 p.m. EDT near Charleston, S.C.

Get ready for darkness. During a part of the solar eclipse, called “totality,” the sun is blocked by the moon.As part of the changes, animals behave differently and the temperature goes down, according to NASA, which calls it as “an eerie feeling.”

However, this feeling won’t last long on Aug. 21 solar eclipse as totality is expected to last less than three minutes.Only a 70-mile section of the U.S. falls under a path of totality, but there will be a partial eclipse in other parts of the country.

Totality will last for about two-and-a-half minutes as the moon casts its shadow on the Earth, cutting roughly 70-mile path from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic.

NASA has issued a solar eclipse safety warning. “The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as ‘eclipse glasses’ or hand-held solar viewers,” it said, in its solar eclipse safety guidelines. “Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun.”

Scientists across the country are also preparing to study the solar eclipse. A team of NASA-funded scientists, for example, will be chasing the solar eclipseacross America in a pair of retrofitted WB-57F jets. Scientists will use twin telescopes mounted on the noses of the research planes to ­­­­­capture crystal–clear images of the Sun’s corona, or its outer atmosphere.

The forecast as of Friday shows Oregon and Idaho as most promising to have clear sky views, while South Carolina is the most likely to find the sun and moon blocked by clouds.

The National Weather Service also is optimistic about good viewing from St. Louis to Nashville. Meteorologist Mike Musher says overall, about half the nation is likely to get favorable solar eclipse viewing weather.