In the United States people are looking forward to a long-awaited event that will overshadow many of the U.S.A countries. The last time a total eclipse like this was encountered within the U.S territory was more than 35 years ago. On August 21st, all the countries from Oregon to South Carolina will be overshadowed by a spectacular total eclipse.
Of course, in some places it will only be a partial eclipse, for example for Washington, only 81% of the sun will be covered. In Nashville, the partial eclipse will start around noon and the total eclipse will only last for 2 minutes from 1:27 pm to 1:29 pm. The partial one will last for approximately 3 to 4 hours.
According to News4c.com, NASA and other agencies are offering details about the eclipse regarding hours, sun covering percentage and safety. One of the important things among these details is the fact that people have to be prepared and to avoid looking directly at the sun if it isn’t covered 100% or use binoculars unequipped with the right filters.
Live streams are taking over the internet, media and phone apps thanks to the solar eclipse. People can use CNN source for the live stream at CNN.com/eclipse or the ones offered by museums like The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum at s.si.edu/2v3X10D. The Exploratorium from San Francisco also allows people to get free apps for their phones in order to watch the eclipse from work or other related places as well.
On August 7th there will also be a partial lunar eclipse visible on the Asian, African and Australian skies. Besides these spectacular astronomical events we’re also expecting a Perseid meteor shower which will begin in only a few weeks. The downside is that the phenomenon will be a little difficult to enjoy due to the fact that the moon’s obvious presence will take over much of it.