On August 21, 2017, exactly a year from now, Americans can witness what is now called the Great American Eclipse. This will be the first time a total solar eclipse will happen in the United States since 1979.
According to a report from the Popular Mechanics, this once-in-a-lifetime astronomical wonder will be visible in the lower 48 states. It will begin in the northwestern U.S., and the moon’s shadow would take the southeast direction across the states of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas.
The Great American Eclipse
While this Great American Eclipse will be visible in some parts of the Latin America, astronomical enthusiasts are advised to travel to these states to witness the total eclipse.
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued an official advisory and guide for this rare occurrence ahead of next year. An interactive map of the path of the total solar eclipse has also been released.
NASA Total Solar Eclipse Guide
“You MUST be somewhere within the central path (between the blue lines) to see the total phase of the eclipse. The eclipse is longest on the central line (red). The yellow lines crossing the path indicate the time and position of maximum eclipse at 10-minute intervals,” the NASA total solar eclipse of 2017 advisory reads.
To better witness the total solar eclipse, two paths—the Greatest Eclipse and Greatest Duration paths—have been identified by NASA. These paths have been delineated by green marker for the Greatest Eclipse (GE) and magenta for the Greatest Duration (GD).
For the Greatest American Eclipse in 2017, the predicted Greatest Duration was pegged at 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds. NASA, however, advised that even if eclipse observers are miles away from the marked areas, they can still enjoy the astronomical occurrence.
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