Have you ever wanted to see the day turn to night in a matter of seconds? Your chance is coming later this year.
A total solar eclipse will be visible from the entire U.S. this August. Already nicknamed “The Big One,” the eclipse is set to be the biggest astronomical event of the year.
On Aug. 21, stargazers will get to see the biggest total eclipse of its kind since 1979. However, there’s a catch to properly viewing the eclipse in all of its sun-blocking glory. Only a select part of the country will be able to see the eclipse in “totality.”According to astronomer Dean Regas of the Cincinnati Observatory, totality is the term for when the moon completely blocks the sun.
A 75-mile-wide path, running from South Carolina to Oregon, will be the only place to view the complete solar eclipse. If you can’t make it to your nearest area of totality, you’ll still be able to see a partial eclipse from wherever you happen to be in the United States.
To find out more about the eclipse and where you can view it, visit NASA’s online solar eclipse headquarters.