Century's Largest Solar Eclipse Happening On August 21st

Century's Largest Solar Eclipse Happening On August 21st

by Abhranil Das

This year on 21st August, the earth will witness one of the largest solar Eclipse in the last century. The Eclipse is expected to be caused by the moon slipping between the earth and the sun, casting a huge shadow ranging up to 70 miles. The Eclipse will be visible to all the countries in North America Continent including the United Kingdom also. Researchers were calling this as “Great American Eclipse”.

An astronomer named Matthew Penn who is leading a team to capture the full eclipse into high res photos across the continent. He claimed that he is really fortunate to witness the incident with his own eyes.

The first glance of the solar eclipse will be visible at 9:05 a.m (12:05 p.m. EDT) from Oregon coast in the US. People are advised to use safety goggles or filters to observe the happening to avoid any injury to one's cornea.

All of North America will see at least a partial solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, and a 70-mile-wide swath of the country from coast to coast will get a total eclipse.

"The Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 is such an exciting event, it is a really singular and unique event in human history, really, where in the 21st century we have this amazing technology with social media," said Carrie Black, associate program director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences.

Various stages of a solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon's orbit carries it directly between the Earth and sun, casting a shadow along the path of totality.

Fienberg claimed that it is perfectly safe to look at the eclipse wearing sunglasses because the amount of sunlight coming from it is equivalent to the light coming from full moon night.

Researchers have been trying to figure out the cause of solar storms, how much hydrogen is still left to be fused in the core of our sun, but due to extreme temperature, it is practically impossible to send out a drone or observe the surface with powerful telescopes. So, on this occasion when there is no direct sunlight coming from the sun itself astrologists believe they could unravel some of the mysteries of our Sun.

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