Americans cannot wait until August 21st when they will be witnessing the amazing experience of a full solar eclipse which will be visible from Oregon to South Carolina. The other U.S. states will be able to see the eclipse only partially.
During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between Earth and the sun and blocks the view to the sun from the planet. In a full eclipse, the solar disk is covered completely by the moon. Eclipses in general are not so rare, but the view of a full eclipse is quite spectacular, as they occur over longer periods of time in the same place.
Americans are looking forward to the event
This upcoming astronomic phenomenon has been dubbed as the “Great American Eclipse”. It has gathered so much interest and excitement since this is the first time in 99 years when a full eclipse is visible again on the territory of the United States. Thus, most Americans find it full of significance.
Americans will have the experience of their lifetime, as the sun will be blocked for an hour and a half. People have already started a countdown until the time of the eclipse, and have organized special viewing events. The Southern Illinois University has prepared a special weekend in Carbondale, Illinois, which is one of the best spots where you can view the eclipse.
Special events celebrate the eclipse
The Adler Planetarium wants to get people “in the mood” for the eclipse. They came up with the idea of an exhibition called “Chasing Eclipses”, which aims to familiarize people with the history of the eclipses and other celestial events. Also, people can study artifacts and learn how to make their own tools for eclipse viewing.
Even NASA would live broadcast the event, making astronomers and scientists think that this would be the most celebrated eclipse in history. They suggest that it will gather the biggest audience that has ever witnessed a cosmic phenomenon. The next solar eclipse will occur in 2024, but Chicago will be able to see a full event again in 2099.
Everybody is looking forward to the event, but you should keep in mind to take all the necessary protection measures. Do not look at the sun directly, as the ultraviolet radiation can cause permanent damage to the eye and even blindness. Wear special glasses or use a pinhole projector and enjoy the breathtaking view.
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