What you need to know about the August 21 Solar Eclipse, live stream here

A broad swath of the U.S. will turn into a giant total solar eclipse party on August 21. If you’re planning on joining in the merriment, look out for Baily’s Beads and the diamond ring effect.

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The total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, stretches across the U.S. from coast to coast, providing scientists with a unique opportunity to study the eclipse from different vantage points. NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio Credits: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
The total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, stretches across the U.S. from coast to coast, providing scientists with a unique opportunity to study the eclipse from different vantage points. NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio Credits: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

WASHINGTON, JULY 29, 2017  – On August 21, 2017, weather permitting, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality, described by NASA as “The path (up to about 270 km or 168 miles wide) that the moon’s shadow traces on Earth during a total solar eclipse” will be able to see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse.

This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

Image Credit: Rick Fienberg, TravelQuest International, and Wilderness Travel
Figure 1- In this series of still from 2013, the eclipse sequence runs from right to left. The center image shows totality; on either side are the 2nd contact (right) and 3rd contact (left diamond rings that mark the beginning and end of totality respectively).


Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

If the weather is not cooperating, watch the NASA live stream of the lunar eclipse here:


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