The United States will finally get to see an incredible show on August 21, 2017 – their first glimpse of a total solar eclipse this century. People across the U.S. will get a once-in-a-lifetime view of the solar show.
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The United States rarely witnesses a total solar eclipse; the last time the moon had totally blocked the sun over the region was in 1979. For the first time in almost four decades, the “Great American Eclipse” will be visible to millions of people from South Carolina to Oregon two years from now.
It will be the first time in this century that a total solar eclipse will pass through the United States, as well as the first time that the shadow track, also termed as the path of totality, will cover only the country and no other region in the world. Scientists say that the eclipse will cut a path over about 200 million right through the middle of the country.
According to data from the United States Naval Observatory, the major cities that will have a view of the eclipse include Casper, Wyo.; Kansas City, Kan.; Jefferson City, Mo.; Kansas City, Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; Salem, Ore.; Columbia, S.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Nashville, Tenn., St. Louis, Mo.; and Charleston, S.C.
People residing outside the narrow path of the eclipse will have to drive out to watch the celestial phenomenon, which will result in darkness in the middle of the day as the moon positions itself exactly in front of the sun. There will be no sunlight during the period and the only thing visible will be a ring around the moon’s shadow.
Considering that this will be the first total solar eclipse in the United States since the 1970s and the next one will take place only in 2024.
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