Astronomy Lovers Have Something Big to Look Forward to in Exactly One Year

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If you are a fan of astronomy, or if you simply have an interest in what goes on in the skies, this bit of information may be very exciting.

That’s because a total solar eclipse is set to occur on “Eclipse Day,” or Monday, August 21st, 2017. It is set to be “the most epic solar eclipse in 99 years.”

The entire North American continent is poised to see at least some sort of partial eclipse. Areas closer to the 100% totality line will experience a “deeper” partial eclipse. Locations further from that line will see a more “shallow” eclipse.

With the event still a year away, there’s plenty of time to ensure you have some eclipse shades to make sure your viewing of the sun being obstructed by the moon is safe.

The vast majority of Americans will experience at least a 70% obscured partial eclipse. The event will be two hours long, and the daylight will become grey. Meanwhile, the colors of daylight will appear washed out to the naked eye.

Cities within 200 miles of the path of totality can see interesting things. In addition, daylight is quite dim; it is only 10% of normal.

If you venture to a city very close to the line of totality, odd things are often noted. Venus and Jupiter shine brightly. The infamous diamond ring is seen. And locations very near the line witness things like Baily’s beads and shadow bands.

However, even at 90-99% obscuration, you will still be standing in sunlight; it’ll just be much dimmer than usual. In fact, at 99% obscuration (cities like Portland, Boise, and Knoxville are included in this category) the sun still appears 10,000 times brighter than it would during totality. That means if you want to see the complete event, and get your money’s worth, you must venture to a city that is set to experience totality.

Totality can be experienced if you are willing to drive to cities like Nashville, Kansas City, St. Louis, Lincoln, Nebraska, Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, and Salem, Oregon.

That means the Stateline is only roughly four hours and 22 minutes from experiencing a total solar eclipse! Get your road trip planned for next August!

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