What is the eclipse?
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly in front of the sun casting the moon’s shadow on the earth. Because of the vast distances between the sun, the moon and the earth, this shadow is only about 70 miles in diameter at the earth’s surface, and travels rapidly across the ground, faster than the speed of sound. On August 21, 2017, the shadow will pass over the entire continental US, allowing a rare opportunity for millions of Americans to witness an unforgettable astronomical event in their own backyard. – Dr. Patrick McCarthy, Director of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization
Read below for some Eclipse Viewing Tips from the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization: