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Partial Lunar Eclipse 2017 How To View The World's 'Consolation Prize' For Missing Great American Eclipse

The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the continental USA was about 40 years ago, on February 26, 1979.

The next eclipse over the North America will occur on April 8, 2024, sweeping a diagonal southwest-northeast path across Mexico, U.S., and Canada.

Millions of people are expected to see The Great American Eclipse on August 21.

Here's what you need to know to enjoy the eclipse!

If you'd like to enjoy the eclipse at the library, chairs will be set up outside and complimentary coffee will be available.

Totality will affect 17 utility-scale solar power plants mostly in eastern OR, the EIA said. The moon casts a shadow on our planet. So, the last total eclipse seen on the east coast AND west coast was almost 100 years ago.

The eclipse in 1979 was most visible in the Pacific Northwest and was not visible here in the Mid-South. Clouds could always spoil the view, so eclipse watchers need to be ready to split for somewhere with clear skies, if necessary.

When you put them on, "you shouldn't be able to see anything.except the sun itself", the organizations says.

Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and SC.

A solar eclipse only lasts a few minutes and can only be seen by less than half a percent of the earth's population. The biggest cities in the path include Nashville; Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina; Salem, Oregon; Casper, Wyoming; and just partially within, St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri. If you glance at the Sun through your solar filter and find it uncomfortably bright, out of focus, and/or surrounded by a bright haze, it's no good. Before that, in 1970, a total solar eclipse skirted the Atlantic coastline from Florida to Virginia. Those within theses states - the zone of totality - will enter complete darkness for around three minutes. Mos of the country will see a partial eclipse. The country's last total solar eclipse stretching from coast to coast, on June 8, 1918, came in over OR and Washington, and made a beeline for Florida. It's pretty much the same in 2020. At present, such solar PV operations provide 0.8 percent of the total US electricity generation. The line of totality will cross from Texas, up through the Midwest, nearly directly over Indianapolis, Cleveland and Buffalo, New York, up over New England and out over ME and New Brunswick, Canada.

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