Eclipse….What is It?

By  | August 8, 2017 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

An eclipse is the serendipitous alignment of the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun. On August 21 of 2017 we here in the deep south will see this rare occurrance.  Some will see a total eclipse and others just a partical, either way it wiull be a sight to behold.

Around every 18 months or so, the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun on its orbit around our planet. It’s a relatively rare occurrence because the Moon doesn’t orbit in the same plane as the Earth and Sun. But when the three bodies line up just right, the Moon covers up the disc of the Sun, and those in the direct path of the Moon’s shadow — called the path of totality — will see the Sun go dark.

This eclipse is all American: the shadow of the eclipse will pass from the west coast of Oregon all the way to the east coast of South Carolina. It’s the first time a total solar eclipse has passed from one coast to the other in 99 years.

The next total solar eclipse is slated for 2019, though that one will track mostly over the Pacific Ocean and the southern portion of South America. But in seven years, another total solar eclipse will pass over the US again. This event, slated for April 2024, won’t cross from coast to coast, but it will travel up through Mexico and cover a significant portion of the eastern US.

Break out your camera…..don your eclipse glasses find a safe place to watch the show …and enjoy.

source/The Verge

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