Total Solar Eclipse FAQ and Safety PrecautionsMonday, August 14, 2017
This will be the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse has traversed the length of the entire nation from west coast to east. The Moon’s shadow covers about a 70-mile wide path, called Path of Totality. Scientifically, when the moon completely covers the sun, the corona, which is the sun’s atmosphere, is visible. The moon is the best sunblock for these types of observations! Every state will experience at least a partial eclipse, and fourteen states will anticipate the full eclipse that will result in over two minutes of complete darkness in the middle of the day.
NASA’s official Total Solar Eclipse website contains path of totality maps indicating which portions of the United States will have a partial view of the solar eclipse, and which will experience the total solar eclipse. The site also features, among other significant information, key safety precautions to consider in preparation for viewing, a map of viewing locations and events across the country, and a categorized list of frequently asked questions.