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“Great American Eclipse’ 2017: What it is, when it happens and why you have to see it

On August 21, 2017, the United States, there will be something happen that has never happened since Jimmy Carter was President, Sony introduced the Walkman and “M*A*S*H” was still on TV.

The U.S. will go dark.

Why it is important

A total solar eclipse will take place on the continential U.S., the Moon passingbetween the Earth and the Sun. It is 38 years ago that the continential US in the shadow of the total solar eclipse, according to Dr. Tyler Nordgren, a professor and author of “the Sun, Moon, Earth.”

In an interview with Fox News, Nordgren noted that people in the Pacific Northwest, you can see how the eclipse and that “this year from coast to coast and half of the people in life this year were not even born the last time it happened.”

The total solar eclipse, that happens all over the world once a year, is expected to last just two and a half minutes, much shorter than the other eclipses, according to Astrophysicist & Hayden Planetarium Director, Neil Degrasse Tyson.

“Perhaps a hundred million people will see it—that is a great thing,” Tyson told Fox News. “In a day where everybody can travel, there is no reason why we don’t see every American in the path of totality.”

What is a solar eclipse?

Traditional solar eclipses — when the moon moves in front of the sun — are common, happening once every 18 months or so, according to Space.com but the order and the size of this is what makes it rare.

The eclipse should be seen in the Pacific Northwest, Nordgren noted, likely to start in Oregon and then made its way through the contiguous united states, with stops along the Idaho, Wyoming, St. Louis, before the road to South Carolina and then eventually into the Atlantic Ocean.

WHERE TO SEE THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

How to watch the 2017 total solar eclipse

For anyone who is planning to watch the total solar eclipse, safety is a must.

Solar-viewing glasses, which can be ordered Eclipse2017.org as well as other organizations, that make it possible for the observers to stare at the sun before and after the event. (Observers note that sunglasses should not be used in place of solar glasses to view.)

Eclipse watchers can also use binoculars or telescopes, although not of both intrustrment it is necessary to have either the partial solar eclipse or total solar eclipse, depending on where in the country are stationed.

Why it is important

The next total solar eclipse is just one of many that have happened in the US earlier. The total solar eclipse that occurred in 1998 under parts of the Northern and Southern hemisphere. The one, in 1991, almost all of North America, with the exception of certain parts of Canada, while this upcoming one is expected to be a worldwide phenomenon, Nordgren noted.

NASA astrophysicist Dr. Georgia de Nolfo noted that the expected total solar eclipse allows researchers to view and test in real-time instruments, making it a “breathtaking opportunity for everyone who see it.

The tourists come from far and wide to see the event, with enormous consequences for the hotel industry, but Astronomy Magazine editor Dave Eicher noted that it is more than just a holiday-it is an event of a lifetime.

“It’s probably going to be the most observed eclipse in history, and it really is one particular thing,” Eicher said.

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