Jun 30, 2017 05:09 AM EDT
In the coming months, a solar eclipse will bring total darkness in the whole US. The said event will be first in 99 years to stretch the entire the United States and many are already thrilled to witness the once in a lifetime phenomenon. And there are best places over the country that people can watch it entirely.
Solar eclipse is a kind of eclipse that transpires when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon partially or fully blocks the Sun. Many believed that the natural phenomenon has been credited to mystical events or what they call as bad omens. Typically, the celestial event happens every year or two or three, but a total solar eclipse occurs not often.
Now, a solar eclipse event will sweep across America almost two months from now. According to ABC News, the United Stated will experience the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. Many say that it will be a special event, as the eclipse will cut diagonally throughout the whole American region.
The solar eclipse will take place on August 21 and will cross over Portland, Oregon all the way to Charleston, South Carolina. It will specifically begin near Lincoln City, Oregon going to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and end at South Carolina.
The 14 mentioned US states would experience about two minutes of total darkness, according to WGN-TV. The solar eclipses will cross coast to coast beginning 10:15 am Pacific Time in Oregon until 2:45 pm Eastern Time in South Carolina. Other portion of North America will also undergo partial darkness as well as some parts of South America, Africa, Europe and even Asia.
The solar eclipse is being called the "Great American Eclipse". The last time a total solar eclipse hit the United States was on June 8, 1918, exactly 99 years ago, and crossed Washington to Florida. US agency like NASA and NOAA will use the rare event to study the sun and Earth. Cities like Kansas City, Nashville and St. Louis will be the best place to see the sun totally covered by the moon.
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