Nearly a century has passed since North America witnessed a total solar eclipse.
Not sure exactly how to define an eclipse? An eclipse, which lasts a handful of minutes, occurs when the sun, Earth and moon move in alignment with each other, according to NASA. In fact, that kind of rare celestial occurrence from coast to coast hasn’t been seen in the continental U.S. since 1918. But in California, the moon is expected to block around 70 percent during peak eclipse.
A total solar eclipse, where the moon will completely obscure the sun, will occur across a 70-mile-wide path across 14 states from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. In this path of totality, the sun’s corona will be visible to viewers.
Whether you’re an eclipse chaser or eclipse newbie, it’s worth noting to avoid looking directly at the sun unless you’re wearing solar eclipse glasses. And take a cue from Popular Science’s guide to photographing an eclipse. The next solar eclipse is scheduled to take place in 2024 and 2045.
Comment below to share your experience of watching the solar eclipse of the century.
Sanden Totten, host of “Brains On!,” a science podcast for kids, and a science writer for “Bill Nye Saves The World," which airs on Netflix
Leo Duran, KPCC reporter and producer and Take Two, who is at the Griffith Observatory
Mike Roe, digital news producer for KPCC; he and his family are traveling to to the “Solar Port” at the Madras Municipal Airport Madras in Oregon
John Horn, host of KPCC's The Frame; he and his family are in Madras, Oregon
Alex Cohen, KPCC's Morning Edition host, who is at Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena
Angelica Carpenter, community news and sports reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle, a weekly newspaper covering Grant County in Eastern Oregon; she’s been following the story