A once-in-a-lifetime Total Solar Eclipse happens Monday, August 21, 2017. For the first time in almost 100 years, the path of the eclipse will cross the U.S. from coast to coast and could be seen by millions.
For some, day will literally become night as the moon crosses the sun’s path, casting a shadow on the Earth. This FREE NASA 3-D simulation lets you track the eclipse and shows you what it will look like where you are.
CAUTION: DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN! Many public libraries will have free special solar glasses, so check with them as supplies won’t last long. You can also build a home-made pinhole viewer to see the shadow. Remember, sunglasses won’t cut it. Get more safety tips here.
Hopefully, the weather will cooperate where you are; check the forecast here. Just enter the city and you’ll see a forecast as well as your location relative to the “path of totality”, where day will turn to night for 2 minutes. Remember, if you miss this one, you’ll have to wait until 2045 for the next coast-to-coast eclipse. There will be another one for mainly southern states in 2024.