25 facts you should know about the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse

Posted by Michael Bakich
on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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This chart shows the paths of totality for 15 solar eclipses through 2028. // Astronomy: Roen Kelly after Fred Espenak, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

When I first wrote this blog, the event was more than three years away. Not anymore! Each day now seems to bring a new announcement of a talk, a workshop, or an event related to the eclipse. With tens of millions of people headed for the zone of totality, it’s going to be the biggest science event in history. In this blog I list 25 of the eclipse’s important details for our readership, the general public, and the media. Read them, and learn about the event. But for sure plan to experience totality. You’ll remember it for the rest of your life as the greatest thing you ever saw!1. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last one occurred February 26, 1979. Unfortunately, not many people saw it because it clipped just five states in the Northwest and the weather for the most part was bleak. Before that one, you have to go back to March 7, 1970.

2. A solar eclipse is a lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth…

To read the rest of this article please click on this link:  8/21/2017 Eclispe

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