For First Time In 99 Years A Solar Eclipse Will Cross The U.S. – How And Where To Watch!
June 8, 1918, was the last time that there was a solar eclipse that passed over the continental United States from coast to coast. This once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon will happen again on Monday, August 21 and tens of millions of Americans will be able to see it, but most of the country will miss out on the total eclipse. That total solar eclipse will only be able to be seen on a relatively narrow path that is nearly 70 miles wide. The last time that there was a solar eclipse to grace the continental U.S. was back in February of 1979 when one crossed the Pacific Northwest.
The 2017 solar eclipse will begin its U.S. tour with a journey that stretches 2,500 miles diagonally from west to east. It will be visible across 12 states and will start in Oregon, then to Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and finally in South Carolina. The 2017 total solar eclipse will kick off on in Newport, Oregon, at 17:15:50.6UT (around 10:15 in the morning). The solar eclipse will leave American soil at 2:49:07.4 p.m. on an isolated beach on a barrier island at the wildlife preserve Cape Romain which is northeast of Charleston, South Carolina. Depending on your location, the total eclipse, which is called the umbral cone, can last between 1 minute to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.