Today is the day! Are you ready? Do you have your solar eclipse glasses?
All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun today. If you are in the path of totality, you can consider yourself especially blessed -- you will be able to see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights -- a total solar eclipse (anyone else hear Carly Simon singing "You're So Vain?") Along this path which stretches across America from coast to coast, the moon will completely cover the sun leaving only the corona visible. If you aren't in the path of totality, it will still be an amazing experience.
Everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse. People in parts of 14 states will see a total eclipse.
Over the course of approximately 3 hours, the moon will pass between the sun and the Earth blocking part or all of the sun. The peak of the eclipse will last for approximately 2 1/2 minutes. The last time this happened in the U.S. was in 1979, but it wasn't a coast-to-coast event like today's. The last time this has happened was in 1918!!
Anywhere in North America today you can see a partial eclipse. If you want to see a total eclipse, you have to be in the path of totality which stretches in a line from Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 10:16 am PDT to Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 pm EDT.
The time varies depending on where you are. Here is an interactive eclipse map that will show you times for the partial and total eclipse anywhere in the world.
PLEASE DO NOT look directly at the sun without proper protection. It can cause damage, including blindness. If you weren't able to get solar eclipse glasses, you will need to watch the eclipse indirectly, or on television (many stations are providing live coverage). Click here for safe eclipse viewing techniques.
Can't get outside to see the eclipse?
Then check out this cool interactive map to see what the solar eclipse will look like where you live.
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