North Americans will get the chance to witness a total eclipse of the Sun on August 21st, 2017. Some people named this event as “The Great American Eclipse”, as it would traverse 48 states from the US, the lower ones. Moreover, the term “American” has been attributed to the event, as other populations will not be able to see the shadow track.
The pending solar eclipse will be an event that will happen fairly close to the witnesses, something which hasn’t happened in approximately 40 years.
Scientists formulated the idea that Americans will be capable of witnessing a stupendous quality of light, |with an amazing light show of iridescence, scintillation, and delicate colors.”
Moreover, it is widely known that an eclipse is a natural phenomenon, however, in both ancient and modern cultures, some associate it with the supernatural or call it a bad omen.
But, taking into consideration its astronomical explanation, essentially, there is nothing to fear. The eclipse will happen and North Americans will be able to witness it from a very close angle.
Moreover, the process on how solar eclipses occur has a fairly simple explanation: the moon interferes in between the Earth and the Sun and casts its shadow onto Earth’s surface. The moon’s shadow is also known as the umbra. Therefore, the umbra is an area of complete shadow formed via the total obstruction of sunlight by the moon.
Solar eclipses are not that rare, however. Astronomers have predicted that a total of 68 eclipses will happen this century, stating that one might occur every 17.6 months.
Sometimes the moon’s shadow is rather narrow (approximately 167 miles), this being the explanation as to why a solar eclipse is quite rare, happening once in 375 years.
Recently, eclipse enthusiasts had to travel to remote and distant locations, such as Ellesmere Island, Canada, the Norwegian archipelago known as Svalbard or the Easter Island. It seems that in 2015 such an eclipse had been spotted from the latter archipelago.
Thus, it would be advisable for those who want to witness a remarkable astronomical event, that hasn’t happened since 1979, to stay tuned. It should be remembered that the cities that will be traversed by the “path of totality” (the moon’s shadow) and where people will be able to witness the event in its full splendor include: Kansas City, Nashville, St. Louis and Lincoln.
You should remember, however, that special protection filters are to be used when watching the eclipse.
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