See amazing photos of the total solar eclipse 2017 as it made its way across the U.S!
The “Great American Solar Eclipse” of Aug. 21, 2017, cast the moon’s shadow across 14 states in the U.S.
The Total Solar Eclipse 2017:
A total solar eclipse happens when the moon appears to completely cover the sun in the sky. The moon orbits an average of 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers) from Earth. This is just the right distance at which the moon looks the same size in the sky as the sun, which is much larger. These heavenly bodies line up only about once every 2 years.
This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last one occurred on February 26, 1979. Not many people saw it because it clipped just a few states in the Northwest and the weather, for the most part, was bleak. And the one before that was on March 7, 1970.
On 8th of April 2024, another total solar eclipse will darken the skies above Mexico and Texas, all the way up to the northeastern U.S.
Eclipse Megamovie Project:
The Eclipse Megamovie Project released its first video on August. 21. The video shows amazing pictures and views of the Great American Solar Eclipse. These were captured by more than 1,500 volunteers along the nationwide “path of totality.”
The 2.5-minute video of the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 is not only visually satisfying to watch; it also gives researchers a good, long look at the Sun’s wispy outer atmosphere, called the corona. The corona is visible from the ground only during total solar eclipses, project organizers said.
You can check out the video on the official Eclipse Megamovie Project website.
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