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The Great American What you need to know


August 21, 2017

Fun Facts

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The last time totality occurred anywhere in the 48 states was on February 26, 1979, nearly 40 years ago.

Everyone in the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii) will see some part of the Sun eclipsed by the moon on August 21, 2017. It takes just 90 minutes for the moon’s shadow to cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.

The average speed of the moon’s shadow as it crosses the United States is nearly 1,700 miles per hour. This is three times faster than a supersonic jet plane.

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Eclipse Path


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To see the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse you must be inside the narrow path of the moon’s dark shadow, the “umbra.” This path of totality will cross parts of 12 states. Whether you’re planning on going to an eclipse viewing party or just sitting out on a blanket in your backyard, you may want to plan ahead on how you’ll actually be viewing the celestial event. It isn’t safe to look at the sun with the naked eye. Its surface is so bright that if you stare at any portion of it, no matter how small, it produces enough light to permanently damage your retina.

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The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.

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