On August 21, 2017, the United States will have something happen to it that hasn’t happened since Jimmy Carter was President, Sony introduced the Walkman and “M*A*S*H” was still on TV.
The U.S. will go dark.
Why it’s important
A total solar eclipse will happen on the continential U.S., due to the Moon passingbetween the Earth and the Sun. It’s been 38 years since the continential U.S. has been in the shadow of the total solar eclipse, according to Dr. Tyler Nordgren, a professor & author of “Sun, Moon, Earth.”
In an interview with Fox News, Nordgren noted that people in Pacific Northwest may get to see the eclipse and that “this year it’s going to go from coast to coast and half the people alive this year were not even born the last time it happened.”
The total solar eclipse, which happens around the globe once a year, is expected to last just two and a half minutes, much shorter than other eclipses, according to Astrophysicist & Hayden Planetarium Director, Neil Degrasse Tyson.
“Perhaps a hundred million people will see it—that’s a great thing,” Tyson told Fox News. “In a day where everyone can travel, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have every single American in the path of totality.”
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