Here’s how to prepare for it …


Approaching August 21, 2017 – the date when the day will briefly turn into night. Spectators in the United States and partly in the regions of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will witness this rare phenomenon – a total solar eclipse. Those who can observe it will take the spirit.

The origin of the solar eclipse is known to everyone. The Earth, the Moon and the Sun are aligned in one line. The moon covers the sunlight falling on the Earth, causing a dark shadow on the planet.But how well do you know this phenomenon?The solar eclipse is completely different from the lunar eclipse  Let’s look at some interesting facts.

The solar eclipse is completely different from the lunar eclipse

The lunar eclipse occurs more often than the solar eclipse. It can be a couple of times a year. This happens when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon. At this time, the Earth casts a shadow on the surface of the moon. Some light reaches the moon, and the blue color is filtered out by the earth’s atmosphere. Therefore, we usually see a bright red Moon.

Solar eclipse is less common than the lunar eclipse

Solar eclipse is not a rare phenomenon. Usually it occurs about every two years, and not all inhabitants of the Earth see it. At this time, the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. Since the Moon is much smaller than the Earth, it casts a smaller shadow. As a consequence, eclipse is observed only in some parts of the world. With a total solar eclipse, you can see the so-called crown instead of the sun.

This is a total solar eclipse that will be seen in the US for the first time in nearly 40 years!

NASA reports that the last total solar eclipse in North America occurred on February 26, 1979. It was best observed in the northwest of the United States and in the south-west of Canada. This is what makes eclipse a special event. It can be said that the luck of seeing the solar crown happens only once in a lifetime.

For a while, the air temperature will drop very much

In 1834 there was a total solar eclipse, which led to a drop in temperature by 28 degrees. Imagine a difference – from 24 ° C to 8 ° C. And it’s almost instant!

This time, such a significant decrease in temperature is not expected. It is predicted that it will drop by only 10 degrees. Despite the fact that the sun will not be visible, eye protection will be required

The fact that the Moon covers the Sun for a couple of minutes does not at all mean that the phenomenon can be observed without special adaptations. And do not look directly at the Sun!

Some companies issue eyeglasses to monitor the eclipse. But you can smoke the glass by yourself. But remember – do not use conventional sunglasses during an eclipse, they do not provide normal protection.

In the US, there is rarely a complete solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse is very rare because of the small shadow that the Moon throws to Earth. The area in the United States where one can observe it is called the “road of total eclipse”. Its width is only 112 kilometers.

Only those who are in this narrow zone will be able to observe a total solar eclipse. And those who are outside this zone will be able to see a partial shadow. But in any case, the sight is incredibly beautiful!

Particular phases of the eclipse will be visible in North America, and also partially in Western Europe, South America and Asia (the Chukchi Peninsula)

It will only last a couple of minutes

People on the “total eclipse road” will be able to observe an unforgettable sight of just 2 minutes and 40 seconds. If you are not in this sector, the eclipse will be even shorter, perhaps just a few seconds.

This time, a full solar eclipse will be seen by residents of the states of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The whole eclipse will last only an hour and a half

According to NASA representatives, the solar eclipse will begin its journey around the US at 10:16 am, and end in about an hour and a half in South Carolina.

Photographing a solar eclipse is very difficult