This coming Monday, August 21, 2017, a historic solar eclipse will be sweeping across the nation from Oregon to South Carolina. According to researchers, “a crescent fire will briefly burn in the South Florida sky as the moon covers 80 percent of the sun in this historic solar eclipse, painting a dark swath coast to coast.”
This type of eclipse is so rare, the last total solar eclipse in the United States occurred 99 years ago. The sun’s orbit will be blocked by the moon casting a shadow over the country throughout different times of the day. Experts say, that the shadow will be like “moments of night in the middle of the day.” Onlookers can expect to hear the birds stop chirping and the crickets begin as all of nature will take on the couple moments of “night” under this shadow. Another statement from the experts covering this phenomenon was, “the Aug. 21 eclipse will still be a treat with the moon’s bite casting surreal shadows, dimming daytime, and leaving only a glowing curve of light in the sky.”
Monday’s solar eclipse will begin at 10:15 am PDT in Oregon and will end at 4:10 EDT in South Carolina. Those living in the 70-mile wide path of the shadow will experience total darkness for a few minutes, but every single place in the continental U.S. will be able to see a portion of the eclipse.
The time to watch from South Florida will be from 1:45pm until 3:45pm with the peak of the eclipse happening at 2:57pm. The peak of the eclipse is when the moon creating a crescent blaze will block 80 percent of the sun. WARNING! PLEASE WEAR ECLIPSE SAFE SUNGLASSES TO PROTECT YOUR EYES. EYE DAMAGE CAN BE DONE.