Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017
A total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017. The greatest extent of the solar eclipse will be between Hopkinsville, Kentucky and Princeton, Kentucky. This will be the first time since the 1970's that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the southeastern United States.
A solar eclipse occures when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. This obscures the image of the Sun from our view on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the apparent diameter of the Moon is larger than that of the sun, therefore blocking all direct sunlight to Earth. This turns the daylight into darkness for a few brief moments.
Eclipse Facts and Information:
- The solar eclipse will be visible through a narrow portion of the United States
- The longest duration of totality will be just under 3 minutes.
- This eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States since 1991, which was only visible from Hawaii
- This is the first visible total solar eclipse from the contiguous United States since 1979