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The Great American Eclipse of 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017.  All of North America was able to see one of nature’s magic sights – a total solar eclipse. It was  visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts.
According to NASA ( National Aeronautics and Space Administration), “This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location”.

The total eclipse of August 21 started at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Then it crossed through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.  The total eclipse ended near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT.  From there the lunar shadow left the United States at 4:09 EDT.  Its longest duration was near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun was completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds”.

The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

Image Credit: Rick Fienberg, TravelQuest International and Wilderness Travel

Source of information –https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

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