Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – Everything You Need to Know

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Did you know that we have a total solar eclipse coming up? It’s happening in August, and I’ll tell you everything you need to get ready!

What is a total solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when the moon positions itself between the earth and the sun. It can block the sun’s light completely (full eclipse) or partially. In the case of a full eclipse, you’ll only be able to see the sun’s corona during the eclipse.

When can you see the total eclipse

August 21st, 2017
The exact timing depends on your location. On the west coast, the eclipse will be visible around 9am – noon. East coast residents need to be ready in the 2pm -5pm range. The total eclipse portion will last for about two and a half minutes, so be ready!

Where can you view the Total Solar Eclipse

Certain parts of the USA will have a total eclipse (parts of 14 states) and others will have a partial solar eclipse. Everyone in North America will experience the eclipse to some degree. Here in Colorado, we should experience about 90%.

If you want to see the exact path of the eclipse and see how your state lines up, check out these NASA maps.

How Common are Total Solar Eclipses

We haven’t had one in the USA in the last 38 years. According to NASA, the next one is set to occur on April 8, 2024.

Important Solar Eclipse Safety Info

Always wear special eclipse glasses to view the eclipse. These are different than regular sunglasses. You should never stare directly at the sun.

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You can also build a sun funnel and view the eclipse that way!

Here’s another fun eclipse viewer that you can make at home:

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

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