Great American Total Solar Eclipse which falls on 21 August 2017 darkens the sky for a long stretch of 113 kilometers, all the way from Oregon to South Carolina. ‘The Path of Totality’ to watch this Solar Eclipse is about 113 kilometers wide.
Why is this Solar Eclipse called ‘Great American Total Solar Eclipse’?
USA is the only country to watch Total Lunar Eclipse on 21st August. The last Solar Eclipse which touched the USA was of 1979’s Total Eclipse. And an eclipse last crossed the USA from coast to coast was of 1918’s Solar Eclipse. And this is the first Solar Eclipse that is exclusive to United States of America in the nation’s history.
From which locations Total Solar Eclipse is Visible in USA?
Total Solar Eclipse will be visible in these 11 States of USA – including Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The 113 kilometers stretch goes from Oregon to South Carolina, passing throughIdaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
When will the Total Solar Eclipse begins, how long it lasts for?
The time of beginning of Total Solar Eclipse and the time of Mid or Greater Eclipse depend on your location along the path of totality. According to NASA, moon will completely cover the disk of the sun for 160 seconds (2 minutes and 40 seconds).
You can watch Total Solar Eclipse for 2 minutes in Madras, OR; 1 minute in Idaho Falls, ID; nearly 3 minutes in Casper, WY; 2 minutes in Lincoln, NE; 2 minutes in Jefferson City, MO; 2 minutes in Carbondale, IL; 2 minutes in Paducah, KY; 2 minutes in Nashville, TN; 3 minutes in Clayton, GA; 3 minutes in Columbia, SC.