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Solar Eclipse 2017

Highlights information on the total Solar Eclipse of August 2017

Help Scientists Collect Data During the Eclipse! 

There are several Citizen Science Projects that will be up and running during the Eclipse. As your watching one of Nature's Natural Wonders, help science collect some data! Most of these can be handled by using an App, and simple observations. You can find out more by reading this brief web article!

Where will You be for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse?

total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. The event has been described as the "Great American Eclipse" as it will be visible in totality only within a band across the entire contiguous United States.[1]

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometers wide.

The previous time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States was during the June 8, 1918 eclipse.

 

1. Fraknoi, A.; Schatz, D.; Shore, L. (2015). "The Great American Eclipse of 2017: An Outreach Opportunity and Challenge" (PDF)Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series. 500, Celebrating Science: Putting Education Best Practices to Work: 55. Retrieved July 3, 2017.

*from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_2017