Every so often, there are moments when everyone stops what they’re doing to engage in a collective event. The solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 is a natural phenomenon that no one will want to miss out on. Get ready for the big event with these fun facts:
- A total solar eclipse is when the moon completely covers the sun. Everyone in the continental U.S. will be able to see a partial solar eclipse. To see the total eclipse, you’ll need to be in the path of totality, which stretches from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.
- Safety comes first when observing the solar eclipse. Check out these 3 easy ways to safely watch the eclipse.
- Maximum totality will last only 2 minutes 43 seconds on August 21. The longest possible solar eclipse is expected to last 7 minutes 30 seconds on July 16, 2186.
- The last time a total solar eclipse was visible to the U.S. was in 1991, but it was only visible to observers in Hawaii. In 1979, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington were the only states to see totality.
- So when is the next total solar eclipse that’s observable from the U.S.? If you miss this one, you’ll have to wait until April 8, 2024 for your next chance.