Total solar eclipse coming in August

On that date, a total solar eclipse will plunge vast swathes of the country into an unnatural darkness lasting for nearly 2 minutes.

Even the "diamond ring" parts of a solar eclipse, when there is the tiniest sliver of the Sun showing on either side of the Moon, are too risky to view without protection.

Lauren: And so, I'm in Casper, which you mentioned is in the path of totality, which means it is actually one of the best, if not the best, place to see the eclipse.

The continental United States outside of the total eclipse strip will experience a partial solar eclipse, according to Rick Fienberg, a spokesman for the American Astronomical Society.

This August, the USA will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.

Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station - each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event.

In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was almost 40 years ago.

The change in temperature during a total eclipse will vary based on location and time of year.

That will make it easy to watch as the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, casting a lunar shadow on our planet.

After starting in OR, the eclipse is expected to begin in Charleston around 1:16 p.m. before reaching totality, which will last less than two minutes, at 2:46 p.m.

The next coast-to-coast total solar eclipse that will touch only American soil won't happen for another 300 years.

Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) has announced that in celebration of the upcoming August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, it will be providing over 100,000 solar viewing glasses to underserved communities across the United States.

The Lowcountry should move completely out of the moon's shadow by 4:09 p.m.

By the way Monday August 21st between 9 am and noon is the big event for SW Montana.

Well, as you said, two months from now, August 21st, for about 90 minutes, the shadow of the moon will crisscross the country from OR to SC passing over Casper, Wyoming.

Hawaii experienced a total solar eclipse in 1991. For the US, the next total solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024.

  • Gina Adkins