Top Ten Fast Facts For The Solar Eclipse
It's been 99 years since the total eclipse crossed the width the United States. This is something we'll never forget.
Here's what you need to know about the Solar Eclipse:
- During the solar eclipse, the Moon will start to cover the Sun at 11:40 and ending at 5:16 with the peak at 2:38 when CNY will see 67% of the Sun covered.
- Don't look directly at the eclipse without protective eyewear or you could suffer permanent injury and possibly go blind.
- The best view of the total eclipse is Carbondale, Illinois with a 2 min. 41.6 sec duration.
- The speed of the Moon when moving across the Sun is approximately 2,250 km (1,398 miles) per hour.
- The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast was almost 100 years ago, on June 8, 1918.
- The Contiguous United States last saw a total eclipse of the Sun on February 26, 1979. Who remembers that?
- 14 states will go dark during the eclipse.
- The path of the total eclipse is Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. Charleston, South Carolina will be some of the last people in the US to see totality.
- Those in the path of a totality solar eclipse will see the planets and stars reappear when dark.
- There are many myths attached to the solar eclipse. Pregnant women are warned to stay inside, not eat, not carry sharp objects, and wear some metal, such as a safety pin, to protect the baby.
Whatever you do during the solar eclipse make it fun because you'll remember it forever.