What is a total solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the sun’s, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness.
Why is it such a big deal?
Well, it’s pretty spectacular! I remember when I saw the total solar eclipse on August 11th 1999 while travelling home from the week long music event in Budapest, Hungary. I remember that we were at the train station and all the trains were delayed, because everyone had their eyes pierced at the sun! It was truly magical!
The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States was during the June 8, 1918 eclipse, and not since the February 1979 eclipse has a total eclipse been visible from anywhere in the mainland United States. So, we can safely say, if you live on the path of the total solar eclipse, you won the jackpot!
How can I see it?
The map above shows the path of the solar eclipse in the USA. There are other locations around the world, that you will be able to watch a partial solar eclipse.
Check out this interactive map of the total solar eclipse.
What if I don’t have special glasses to view the solar eclipse?
Then simply build a solar eclipse projector using things laying around in your house, just like in the video below.