One month away from total solar eclipse: What to expect

Posted July 22, 2017

A total solar eclipse will sweep across 14 states, including Kentucky, on August 21, 2017.

UO particle physicist Jim Brau will be immersed in the sold-out crowds, delivering a speech on solar science at the OMSI Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in Salem, which is the first of five state capitals that the total eclipse will visit August 21.

Scott Evans sat down with Doctor Alex Young with the Nasa's Goddard space center in Maryland to find out more about what happens during a total solar eclipse. It's much rarer that we have a total solar eclipse. The next time a total solar eclipse will be visible from the greater Columbia area will be the year 2078. But where can you see the eclipse?

A solar eclipse viewing is a fun outing, but you will spend many hours in the outdoors in the blazing sunlight, so we advise you treat this as a picnic. The partial eclipse will then continue until about 3 p.m.

Johnson says the last solar eclipse in the USA happened in 1979. You can look at pictures but they're nothing compared to the actual experience of being there and experiencing the shadow of the moon sweep through the sky at up to about 1,600 miles per hour.

Shull went to Montana with friends in 1979 to witness the total solar eclipse.

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"It really is an experience, so especially if it's your first time, just let yourself enjoy it", says Amanda Bauer, who already has two totality viewings under her belt. It will be the first total eclipse visible only in the U.S. since the country's founding in 1776. The day will turn into night for 2 to 2 minutes and 41 seconds.

A total solar eclipse can sometimes take as long as 7½ minutes.

Temperatures and cloud conditions can change rapidly during an eclipse; animals will fall silent while it's occurring. This is what most people will experience - the partial eclipse.

The Schiele Planetarium showed Channel 9 a simulation of what the eclipse will look like around Charlotte.

As Portland based astrophotographer Jake Breed puts it, "Photographically speaking, it's too rare to miss; and personally speaking, it's too handsome and fantastic not to see".

Viewing starts at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 2 pm. Visitors can see the eclipse from anywhere in Jackson Hole or the southern part of the park, or they can ride the tram to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The almost four-hour program will include unprecedented images of the August 21 eclipse from numerous spacecraft - including the International Space Station – high-altitude aircraft and balloons, and ground observations.