Have you ever seen a complete solar eclipse? Don’t worry if not. A total solar eclipse called “The Great American Solar Eclipse” is fully viewable in its path line of totality crossing the United States on August 21, 2017.

Many people may have seen partial solar eclipses while the moon covering only a part of the sun’s disk. Some may have also seen the eclipse Sun with pinhole projectors or the fascinating display of mock eclipses the sun figures with tree leave shadows. Daylight is mostly unchanged even during the original partial eclipses, but complete eclipse is a totally different affair.

Total solar eclipse

Only a few people may have seen the astonishing sight of a complete solar eclipse in which the daylight will turn off into a deep twilight for a couple of minutes and the magnificently bright corona of the Sun shimmers into the darkened sky. Usually, total solar eclipses are seen so rarely as the path of totality may always be so narrow and the landfall of it on a spot may occur only once in nearly about 375 years.

The Great American Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the solar eclipse will visit the US, which is named as the Great American solar eclipse as it will be accessible to millions of Americans in and around the path of totality. Notably, it is the very first of its kind total eclipse which passes over the US since its founding in year 1776.

While the entire length and breadth of North America can witness the partial solar eclipse, it is the path of totality where you need to be to witness the eclipse in completion. So, if you stay off the path, start planning to be inside it on the eclipse day; otherwise, you will be missing one of the best experiences in life to regret about it later.

The timeline

Total solar eclipse starts with its first view begins at the Pacific Ocean along the time of sunrise and then reaches to the Yaquina Head near to Newport at around 10:16 a.m. PDT. Starting from there, it progresses through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and exit the country through South Carolina with the last glimpse of it at around 2:49 p.m. EDT.

Viewing the eclipse

One can safely view the eclipse by following the guidelines to protect your eyes. Don’t look at the sun directly if any part of the sun’s disc is visible. There are ISO-approved glasses and filters available to eclipse viewing glasses for you to safely view the eclipse. Even if you have eclipse glasses and filters, do not use them simply on the telescopes of binoculars without expert advice. There are cheap cardboard eclipse viewing glasses which are the most preferred way to safely view the partial eclipse.

If you are located at the path of the eclipse, you can view the total solar eclipse with naked eyes during the time of fullness, which may last for a couple of minutes. When this time arrives, the sky will darken suddenly and a deep twilight will fill the surroundings.