Rare Eclipse This Summer Will Blanket Parts Of The U.S. In Total Darkness

If you pay close enough attention, you might be able to witness a once-in-a-lifetime event. Depending on where you live in the United States, a natural phenomenon may be happening in the night sky above you on August 21st.

 A 70-mile wide belt of dark skies will pass through the following states during the day:

  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
A total solar eclipse where the moon completely covers the sun is a rare occurrence. It means that the earth, the moon and the sun are completely lined up, and the size of the moon is the same as the size of the sun.

According to researchers, this is the first time in decades that the path will travel through the US as predicted. The eclipse on August 21st will last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. For those living on the outer edge of the 70-mile-wide path, it might pass by in just seconds.
Scientists explained, “During a total solar eclipse, the disk of the moon blocks out the last sliver of light from the sun, and the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, becomes visible. The corona is far from an indistinct haze; skywatchers report seeing great jets and ribbons of light, twisting and curling out into the sky.”
When the sun is completely covered by the moon, you will notice a strange darkness in the middle of the day. It will stay for a moment, then begin to move away. Experts suggest a pair of solar viewing glasses for those who are planning to view the eclipse, as it is never safe to look directly at the sun. When the disk of the moon is covering the sun completely, it’s OK to use the naked eye to view the eclipse.

Check out the video below to learn more about the rare eclipse:

source and courtesy: David Wolfe

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