Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sight
A few fun eclipse facts: - The last time part of the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was February 26, 1979. - The last time a total eclipse crossed the U.S. from the Pacific to the Atlantic was June 8, 1918. The path of that eclipse went from Washington State to Florida, which is fairly similar to the year's path. - On average, a total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on earth every 18 months. - The next solar eclipse for part of the U.S. will be on April 8, 2024. The path of that eclipse will begin in Mexico and cover the eastern U.S. and Canada.
This video shows when the eclipse overlaps the sun.
Solar eclipses were historically viewed as omens that bring about death and destruction and people in many ancient civilizations tried their best to understand and predict them.