For the first time in 99 years, the whole of North America will witness a Social Eclipse of varying degree with 14 states witnessing complete darkness right in the middle of the day. August 21, 2017, which is today, is when the Sun, Moon and the Earth will be perfectly aligned to give a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle seen from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. A Solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes in front of the Sun thus casting darkness across patches on the Earth’s surface.
While all of the North America would be able to view a partial solar eclipse, 14 states like Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and end near Charleston, South Carolina will experience a complete blackout over the next 90 minutes. Anyone within the path marked for the eclipse which stretches from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina will be able to witness it. However, the path is not too thick with it being only around 70 miles wide. Carbondale, Illinois would experience the longest eclipse lasting two minutes and 40 seconds.
With the apparent excitement surrounding this phenomenon, many people are slated to travel to cities along the path to witness the phenomenon. It will first be seen at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 PDT, with totality beginning at 10:16 PDT. The lunar shadow will leave the US at 04:09 EDT.
NASA would be providing footage of the eclipse through live streaming and a rich wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and astronauts.
However, one should be warned – never look directly at the sun’s rays even if the sun is partly hidden. It is must to wear eclipse glasses at all times while watching a partial eclipse. Viewers should also never use binoculars or a telescope.
You can watch the Solar Eclipse here – https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive/#NASA+TV+Public+Channel