Weekend Diversion: The Eclipse of a Lifetime is Coming (Synopsis)

“Astronomers are greatly disappointed when, having traveled halfway around the world to see an eclipse, clouds prevent a sight of it; and yet a sense of relief accompanies the disappointment.” –Simon Newcomb

For most of us, news of a total solar eclipse — even though they happen (on average) once every three years — seems distant and remote, and far from the possibility of us enjoying it. Have a listen to the Cat Stevens classic,

Moonshadow,

while you consider how rare it is to have the Moon’s shadow fall on us.For those of us in the United States, we haven’t seen a total solar eclipse since the 1990s, and even that only touched Hawaii!

Image credit: Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA’s GSFC.
Image credit: Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA’s GSFC.

But on August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cut across the entire continental United States, touching the Oregon coast by the Pacific Ocean and exiting into the Atlantic on the coast of South Carolina. It will be the first eclipse to cut across the USA like that since 1918!

Image credit: The Great American Eclipse via http://greatamericaneclipse.com/.
Image credit: The Great American Eclipse via http://greatamericaneclipse.com/.

Come get all the details about the Great American Eclipse, and start planning for it now!