Total Eclipse of the Sun

The Eclipse, this past month, dazzled millions of people around the world as the moon overshadowed the sun. People gathered along the path of totality in various states to watch the amazingly weird event in style. While many were either outside, with eclipse glasses, others were watching various streams over the internet. Totality was achieved for just under 3 minutes, leaving many in awe of the sight, with the path of totality occurring from Oregon to South Carolina.

Many scientists, astrologists, and astrophysicists came out in droves to witness the solar eclipse, even famed astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was not afraid to let people know that he was not to be disturbed during the eclipse. NASA was out in full force, with an online stream set up featuring many scientists working in the field as well as a crowd excited for the inevitable totality. Many also took to social to share their amazement, opinions and “freak-outs.”

The last time a total solar eclipse had appeared in the United States was July 11th, 1991, in which the path of the eclipse made its way from Hawaii to the eastern end of South America. Unfortunately, Hawaii was experiencing heavy cloud cover. While many left disappointed, others made their way to Baja, California to catch the eclipse and found themselves with an amazing view. The 1991 eclipse lasted for 7 minutes.

Now, people wait in anticipation for the next solar eclipse. It will appear partially over the United States, Canada, Alaska and South America on February 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. PST. The next total solar eclipse will appear over the United States at 4 p.m. PST on August 12th, 2044, totality being seen from Alaska, Canada and Minnesota.

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