On August 21st, cities across the United States will get to witness the event of a lifetime: a total solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon passes directly in front of the sun, casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface. During a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely covers the face of the sun. Only the corona, a halo of light surrounding the moon’s shadow, is visible. During a partial eclipse, the Moon covers part of the sun’s face.
It’s called the “Great American Eclipse” for a reason
Dubbed the “Great American Eclipse,” it will make its way from the northwestern corner of the U.S. and make its grand exit in South Carolina.If you’re not in within the path of totality, don’t stress! While the total eclipse can only be seen in specific locations, everyone in North America will be able to see at least a partial eclipse. People in parts of South America, Europe, and Africa will be able to see the eclipse, too.
This once-in-a-lifetime event is the perfect opportunity to plan a last minute trip. There are some great spots that you can visit if you’re keen on seeing the total eclipse: Nashville, TN and Columbia, SC are both great locations. If you’re in Nashville, you’ll be able to view it for a little under 2 minutes. Columbia will be able to see the eclipse for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. If you’re more outdoorsy, August is also the perfect time to go camping. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a lot of great campsites. If traveling and the outdoors aren’t your thing, you can also view NASA’s livestream of the eclipse here.