For the first time since 1979, there will be a total solar eclipse visible within the contiguous USA (ie. the "Lower 48")! A solar eclipse is when the sun, moon and earth are all in alignment, with the moon between the earth and our sun, thus blocking our view to the sun. It will occur on August 21, 2017, so mark your calendars! It will cast a 75-mile egg shaped shadow, traveling from Oregon to South Carolina at over 1,000 mph. Even if you are not in the direct path of the eclipse, you should be able to at least see 70-90% of the eclipse. The fully eclipsed sun will last for about 2 to 2.5 minutes. As always, never look directly at the sun without eye protection such as eclipse glasses. Don't miss this event because the next total solar eclipse across the contiguous USA isn't till April 2024!
I love technology and how it enhances our lives! Just think, without the Apollo moon missions, we might not have calculators! Imagine!!