Chasing Down the Great American Eclipse of 2017


In last 99 years, that was such a colossal total solar eclipse from west to east coasts of the US.

On August 21st, just as the Moon was about to pass in front of the sun, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus released a network of 11 space weather balloons from 5 states in the path of totality.

Whether or not you thought the total solar eclipse America just witnessed was truly the event of the year, or as exciting as some claimed it to be, it was certainly one of the most covered and advertised happenings in the recent past.

Residents of DeKalb County grabbed their pinhole projectors and shadow boxes and put on solar glasses to catch a glimpse of the Great American Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. A video submitted to WHSV by Patrick Flanagan, showing a timelapse of the eclipse over Silver Lake, can also be watched above.

Briefly, various US cities plunged into darkness, and temperatures dropped as much as 12 degrees, ABC News reported.

"We'll admit it - even we were a bit blown away by the sheer magnitude of response to the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017", NASA said in a statement.

However, the total eclipse the next year will likely be the more highly-anticipated event. Newport Beach residents headed primarily to OR and Idaho in order to witness the full effect of the eclipse.

Looking through special solar glasses that filtered the harmful rays, the sun appeared as an orange fireball, while the moon was a sharp-edged circle crossing the glowing spheroid. Astronauts from International Space Station (ISS) crossed the path of eclipse three times orbiting the United States at an altitude of 250 miles (402km). "You've got to see it".

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Another called the eclipse "amazing".

North Dakota State's department of physics provided 50 safety glasses - and tunes from Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" - for the event to make viewing equal parts safe and fun.

"It just looks really cool", she said. Held up to the sun, they projected a shadow image of the eclipse on the ground. For example, NBC News reported in March of this year that Astronomer Jay Pasachoff would be traveling to study the solar corona, which apparently contains numerous sun's remaining secrets, like space weather. Those that stayed around were able to get glimpses through breaks in the clouds.

As visitors from all over the world waited on the eclipse Monday, Keys was dispensing information.

It was tricky to do but I was able to take several photos of the eclipse with my iPhone. A near-total eclipse will come at what would be sunrise at 6:09 a.m.

The eclipse quickly approached totality and the sun shrank down to a sliver.

Whereas this year's eclipse traversed the country from coast-to-coast, the 2024 eclipse will travel northeastward from Texas to Maine.