Solar Eclipse Date: What Day Is the Total Solar Eclipse?

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Cloudy is still the forecast over Charleston for Monday's rare total solar eclipse. From that time, the goal has been to gather as many images as possible from eclipse observers and incorporate them into a single movie.

The dataset from the so-called Eclipse Megamovie Project will be made available to the general public and to the scientific community for further research, according to a description of the initiative.

You don't need fancy glasses or equipment to watch one of the sky's most awesome shows: a solar eclipse. So, unless modern medicine advances considerably in the next few years, you might not make it to the next one.

The path of totality -- or the path that the moon's shadow traces on the Earth during a total solar eclipse - runs from or to SC. Future total solar eclipses will cross the United States in April 2024 (12 states) and August 2045 (10 states).

Make your plans now.

Do you have to be in "totality"?

"You'll also see some features on the sun as the moon passes across", said Weiss. What makes Monday's eclipse so special is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States.

- Become a citizen scientist and help NASA gather information. "There should be enough so that everyone gets a good look". There are some things you should think about before you point your smartphone skyward and start snapping away. In anticipation of this rare celestial event, we have distributed almost a quarter million glasses to people via our giveaway events around the city over the last few weeks. And the sun will not be completely covered. "Like I say to people, it's like being on a first date versus being on your wedding night".

Although the "path" of the full eclipse is slightly north of Oklahoma, even those outside the path will still be able to enjoy a partial solar eclipse and thrill to the spectacle of it.getting slightly dark outside, I guess?

If a cloud moves over the sun, you miss the corona, Anderson said.

It's always risky to look at the sun, but officials with NASA said nothing about the solar eclipse makes looking at the sun more unsafe than normal.

A total solar eclipse is seen from Palembang city on March 9, 2016 in Palembang, South Sumatra province, Indonesia.

"Total eclipses occur along the section of the moon's orbit called perigee, where the Moon is closest to the Earth", Dr Espenak says.

Then, it is just basic geometry. The shadow bands that mysteriously appear on the ground within a minute of the beginning of the totality, when you see these rapidly moving patches of light and shadow racing across the ground, and those are caused by the thin crescent sun shining through the Earth's upper atmosphere, through different temperature layers.

Computer-generated forecasts don't quite agree about cloud cover, except for the Pacific Northwest and SC.

Millions of people will be looking straight into the sun, on any other day, you wouldn't do it.