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Your Comprehensive Guide to the Upcoming August Solar Eclipse

Annular Solar Eclipse Observed
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On August 21, 2017, several states across the country will be plunged into darkness.

Let’s review. A solar eclipse is when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. The first solar eclipse of the 21st century will immerse specific states in the country into an all-encompassing darkness. Solar eclipse freaks call that Eclipse Totality. Unfortunately, western Connecticut and the Hudson Valley will only see a partial eclipse on the 21st of August. According to eclipse2017.org., the following states lie in the path of totality:

  1. South Carolina
  2. North Carolina
  3. Georgia
  4. Tennessee
  5. Kentucky
  6. Illinois
  7. Iowa
  8. Missouri
  9. Kansas
  10. Nebraska
  11. Wyoming
  12. Montana
  13. Idaho
  14. Oregon

If you’d really like to turn this celestial happening into an adventure, you should set your GPS for Hopkinsville, Kentucky which will be the Point of Greatest Eclipse according to space.com. This same website will turn you on to the 6 best places to see the solar eclipse. If you click on this link, you’ll find a mind-blowing website built by the eclipse expert, Xavier Jubier, that goes into intricate detail about which states and towns are included in the Path of Totality.

In Danbury, the partial solar eclipse will begin on Monday, August 21 at 1:24pm, hit its peak at 2:44pm, and then conclude by 3:59pm. Remember if you’re planning on viewing this phenomena, you will need special glasses so you don’t burn your eyeballs out which you can purchase at eclipse 2017.org. Remember to never confuse the ‘Total Eclipse of the Sun with a “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” You’re welcome.

 

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