Get your cameras ready, everyone! (Preferably to the tune of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” because, well, is there anything else more fitting?!)
On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse is expected to cross the United States, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina – the first visible in the continental U.S. in nearly 40 years.
If you’re in a 70-mile-way band across the country, you can watch as the moon appears to completely cover the sun. Clear your schedules now because this is something you don’t want to miss out on.
Eclipses happen every 18 months somewhere in the world – but this one’s different, and much more special. The event next month will be a total eclipse.
The last time a total eclipse appeared anywhere in the U.S. was 1991 – and only people in Hawaii could see it. The last one visible to Americans living in the Lower 48 was 1979 .
Anything else you might’ve witnessed was only a partial or annual eclipse – and yes, those are much more common, averaging on a few times per year.
Partial eclipses like on Christmas Day 2000 or annual eclipses from May 10, 1994 are fun to observe, but they’re nothing compared to what you’ll encounter on August 21.
Americans who miss this one won’t be able to see another until 2024.
While the totality of the eclipse may only last for a few brief seconds, it’s a major piece of history that you won’t want to miss. To ensure that you get the best experience of the total solar eclipse, here are a few helpful hints.