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What is the path of the solar eclipse?

For the first time in 100 years, America will have a chance to witness a total solar eclipse darken the skies. 

The total eclipse will occur on Monday August 21 this year, with the majority of the action taking place over Northern America. 

The spectacle will kick off over the Pacific Ocean in the west, just south of Alaska and the Bering Sea.

The map above shows how its ‘path of totality’ will arch over central US, down towards Florida.

When the sun rises on Monday, it will position itself directly behind the moon, in a so-called eclipse sunrise.

This will totally block out its sunlight in a 70 mile-wide (113 kilometres) zone. All areas caught in this zone will get to witness an unforgettable experience.

The sun’s path will take it all the way from Oregon towards South Carolina, before it comes to an end over the Atlantic Ocean.

It will pass over Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

What time will the solar eclipse pass over the US?

The eclipse will first appear over the Oregon at around 10.18am PDT when it passes over the cities of Salem and Corvalis.

By 11.33am PDT it will be heading further eastwards and will be just about reaching Idaho Falls.

Casper, Wyoming, will get to witness the eclipse at 10.45am PDT and at 11.09am PDT it should settle over Kansas City.

At 2.48pm EDT, the residents of Charleston in South Carolina will be saying goodbye to the eclipse as it heads out into the Atlantic. 

Can you see the total eclipse in the UK?

Astronomy enthusiasts on the British Isles will unfortunately miss out on the total eclipse, but will still have chance to catch a glimpse of a partial eclipse.

The partial eclipse will be visible across parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland around 7.35pm BST and onwards.

This will be a rather hard task however because only 4 per cent of the moon will cover the sun in this part of the world.


Source : EXPRESS

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