On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the continental United State for the first time in almost 40 years. The rest of the U.S. and other parts of North and Central America will see a partial eclipse, where the Moon covers only a portion of the Sun.
A total eclipse is different than a partial eclipse. A total eclipse is when the Sun is completely hidden by the Moon, the sky becomes dark, and the Sun's faint atmosphere becomes visible-like a beautiful halo. A partial eclipse is where the Moon covers only a portion of the Sun
A total eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Moon gets between the Sun and the Earth and covers up the Sun. It just so happens that seen from Earth, the Sun and the Moon are the same size in the sky. When this happens, the sky gets dark and the outer layer of the sun becomes visible. This allows us to see the Sun's atmosphere. The sky gets to dark that you can see the stars, the birds think it is time to roost, and humans think it is night in the middle of the day.
This total eclipse coming on August 21, 2017 will only be visible on a narrow rack stretching from Oregon to South Carolina across the U.S. No other country will see this total eclipse, its being named "The All-American Eclipse." For those people that will be able to see the total eclipse on August 21 it will begin on a beach on the west coast of Oregon and end on a beach on the east coast of South Carolina. It will go through portions of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, a tip of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Everyone wants to know how long the eclipse is going to last. Well there is an answer. The total phase of the eclipse will last a maximum of 2 minutes 40 seconds. This is short for a total eclipse, some can last up to 7 minutes long. The exact time depends on where you are during the eclipse. The closer you are to the central line of the eclipse shadow the longer you will have to enjoy the spectacle. It also depends on if the sky is clear and if you can see the eclipse. If the clouds hide the Sun during the eclipse your pretty much out of luck.
There is no right answer as to the best location for seeing the total eclipse as to be in the center line near a town or park where the weather is usually clear. I know we cannot ever predict the weather but make sure you are in an open area and have room to see. Nothing is in the way and not too many people around and hopefully the weather will be nice.
Is the total eclipse of the Sun dangerous to watch? During the few minutes that the sun is completely covered is safe, but any other time, even small piece of bright Sun shows, is dangerous for your eyes. There will be protective glasses that are made with special filters sold in lots of places for everyone to purchase.
What an exciting event to happen in the United States. Make sure you are prepared for August 21, 2017 and use your glasses when needed. If you are someone visiting or even from the area looking to buy or sell a home in the Columbia area make sure you check out JKingRealEstate.com or contact our agent Jason King with any of your questions.