Fun Facts About the Great American Eclipse!

Posted August 16, 2017

Fun Facts About the Great American Eclipse!

The Great American Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, the Great American Eclipse will be a total solar eclipse that covers a band of the United States from coast to coast. Here are a few fun facts about the Great American Eclipse!

  • ​This is the first total solar eclipse that can be seen coast to coast in the U.S. in 99 years. The last one occurred June 8, 1918.
  • The last total eclipse that was visible in the U.S. occurred on February 26, 1979. That eclipse could be seen in the U.S. in the Pacific Northwest, and parts of Canada.
  • A path of totality will cross 14 states in the U.S. During totality, it will look and feel like night, complete with cooler temperatures, stars visible in the sky, and evening insects will come out!
  • The eclipse on August 21 is a solar eclipse, where the moon passes between the sun and the earth. 
  •  ​An estimated 12.2 million people in the U.S. live in the path of totality for this eclipse.
  • A partial eclipse will be able to be seen from Canada, Russia, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and parts of Central America. 
  • The next total eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024. That eclipse will be able to be seen across 12 states in the U.S., from Texas to New Hampshire.

​Want to learn more about the Great American Eclipse, like safety tips and where to watch it? Just click the link below to blast off to NASA where you can learn everything you've ever wanted to know about the eclipse!

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      Facts: Wikipedia, NASA 

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