First Coast-to-Coast Solar Eclipse in 99 Years Coming August 2017

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Image courtesy of nasa.gov

Gabriel Pore, Staff Reporter

On August 21, 2017 there will be a total solar eclipse over the United States. This means that the moon will pass in front of the sun, and create a shadow over the earth.

According to NASA, the full eclipse will last less than 3 minutes.

When this happens the daytime sky will become dark, the temperature will get cooler, not a lot but cooler, and animals will retreat back to their homes. People ranging from  Oregon to the Carolinas will be looking up at the sky (although it is not recommended to look directly at the eclipse).

The last total solar eclipse happened in 1979 and it only covered a small percentage of the Pacific Northwest.  According to the Washington Post, the last time all of mainland America could see an eclipse like this was 99 years ago.

Every single person in the United States will be able to walk outside on Monday August 21 2017 and see at least sixty percent of the eclipse. Those in a path about 60 miles wide will see the full black-out effect.

One of the prime spots to view the eclipse is in Columbia, South Carolina, it will have one of the longest viewings of totality.  Other places 

Solar eclipses are not that rare, but because the shadow it creates is only about sixty to one hundred miles wide, and the majority of the earth is water, almost all solar eclipses happen over the ocean.

Some people think that this is an act of God. While people in America get ready for this event, people in Asia, and Europe have also begun to book hotels along the eclipse path.

According to Hugh Ross  who is working in the astronomy field, and a minister, says I don’t think it’s an accident that God put us human beings here on Earth where we can actually see total solar eclipses. I think God wants us to make these discoveries”.

Ross will be taking a group of approximately 80 people who are interested in finding spirituality in science. The group will travel down a dirt road in a field in eastern Oregon and wait for the eclipse to happen. Many other church groups are apparently planning to do the same, just in other parts of the country.