Scientists announced earlier this summer that 2017 would be hosting a great natural phenomenon, namely a spectacular solar eclipse. The event is due to happen next summer, on August 21. Scientists also announced that it was going to be a total eclipse of the sun.
Full or total eclipses of the Sun happen when the Moon covers the entire surface of the Sun. At the same time, the Moon passes between our star and the Earth. Although the event will take place at daytime, it will get as dark as if it were night. However, the spectacular phenomenon will only last for a few minutes.
Scientists explain that the Moon will be located close to the Earth on August 21, and that it will cast its massive shadow on the surface of our planet. As the Moon approaches the Sun, the skies turn to dark shades. It is a transition process from blue to dark blue and eventually black. This obscurity will make stars and planets more visible. People will be able to enjoy the view of the space during daytime.
Specialists also inform people that there may be a temperature drop of at most twenty degrees caused by the astrological phenomenon.
Skies are clear in summer, and this provides witnesses with a better view of the eclipse. However, if those August days will be cloudy, the visibility will be a bit affected.
The upcoming solar eclipse will be visible from the United States, as well as form other four continents. Fourteen American states make up the trajectory of the eclipse. Only some of the states will experience a total eclipse of the sun, whereas the others will see a partial one. According to researchers, the first state that will experience the 2017 solar eclipse will be Oregon. In light of this statement, the state expects many visitors in mid-August, next year.
Except for Oregon, the other thirteen states are Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Oregon residents are excited about the event, as it is considered to be rare. However, according to specialists, another solar eclipse could take place in Oregon in more than one hundred years.
Both scientists and people living in the United States are looking forward to the total solar eclipse. The last similar event visible from the Unites States occurred thirty-seven years ago, in February 1979.
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