Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Total Solar Eclipse Less than Two Weeks Away
A partial solar eclipse is when the sun, moon and Earth are not in a direct line with each other, causing only a portion of the sun's light to be blocked by the moon.
An annular solar eclipse is when the moon is farthest from the Earth and doesn't block the entire view of the sun. When the moon travels in front of the sun it appears as a dark disk on top of a larger sun-colored disk, creating what looks like a ring around the moon.
Everyone in the continental United States will be able to view the eclipse, but only a small portion within 14 states will be in the path of totality.
It's very important to remember to protect your eyes during an eclipse. NASA has put together a complete list of safety reminders for those who are wanting to view the eclipse.
It's estimated that millions of people will try and travel to where the path of totality will occur, with some suggesting travel on US highways turning horrendous. Since the solar eclipse is still over a week and a half away, it's hard to give an accurate forecast for that afternoon. But as we get closer, we will definitely be keeping an eye on the forecast for any potential storm systems or cloud cover that may limit viewing of the eclipse. For a 'state by state' look at the cities and towns in the path of totality, click here.