What Time is the Solar Eclipse 2017? | 2017 Solar Eclipse

Cristina Cross
January 26, 2019

However, glasses or another form of protection must be used while watching the partial eclipse, in which the sun is not fully blocked, which will be visible in all of North America. Anyone within its path of totality, the 70-mile-wide band in which a full total eclipse will occur, will be able to experience a spell-binding two minutes and forty seconds of darkness.

But what if you aren't one of the more than 7 million people who are traveling to view the totality (or who already happen to live in its path)? The last one prior to today's was more than 38 years ago, on February 26, 1979. These total eclipses happen every 12 to 18 months somewhere in the world, often over the open ocean since most of the Earth is covered by water.

Everyone in the United States should be able to have at least a partial view of the eclipse, with Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and SC being in the "path of totality". The next time people in the USA get those bragging rights will be in January 2316, according to the American space agency. For most countries in Northwestern Europe, including the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal, the Sun will set before the eclipse has had time to finish.

Today's solar eclipse is a uniquely American phenomenon.

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As Earthlings peered skywards at the alignment of the moon and sun the space station could also be seen.

Sadly, people on other continents will not be able to see the glory of the total eclipse, but might be able to view a partial one depending on their location. -AFP This NASA handout photo shows the Diamond Ring effect seen as the moon makes its final move over the sun during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon. There's the beginning, when the moon starts to block the sun, followed by the maximum eclipse, when the moon is covering the largest area of the sun that it will block during that particular eclipse.

Experts warn that viewers should use caution when viewing the eclipse, since staring directly at the sun can cause severe eye damage.

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