Total Solar Eclipse Expected to Cover Entire US states This August
The US will host the biggest astronomy event for the first time in 100 years as a total solar eclipse is expected to cover all states in August.
The phenomenon is expected to make a place in history as well. A huge number of skywatchers will be looking up in the sky for two minutes as the entire US goes dark on August 21.
A solar eclipse happens when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth. Total solar eclipses occur when the two objects line up with the Earth where the the moon covers up the entirety of the sun. On the average, a total eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth about every 18 months.
The Big Day
The big day is August 21. The moon will pass in front of the sun and this will be witnessed by all states. Although not all will see the total solar eclipse,t everyone will see the amazing phenomenon. Even those people living in the least eclipsed places will see the moon cover up 55 per cent of it.
Those who are living in 14 states, starting in South Carolina and moving north-west across the US to end in Oregon, will be the luckiest, as they will see a total solar eclipse.
The Two Minute Show
The darkness is estimated to last for two minutes. The shadow moves at about 1,500 miles per hour as it moves across the US. The phenomenon will go coast-to-coast for the first time in 99 years, covering the entire landmass in just 90 minutes.
However, for those who will miss the phenomenon, don’t worry, there will be another total solar eclipse in 2024. The last total solar eclipse that covered the entire United States occurred in 1979.