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Curated web and library sources, safe viewing tips, and a viewer's guide to what we can expect to see in the afternoon sky on August 21st!

Resource Guide: 2017 Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, we will experience a solar eclipse approximately between 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Eastern time. The "path of totality," or area of land that will see a total eclipse (umbra) will be about 70 miles wide and stretch across the United States in an arc, from Oregon to South Carolina. "Outside the path of totality, skywatchers in the continental U.S. and other nearby areas will see a partial solar eclipse (penumbra), in which the moon appears to take a bite out of the sun's disk. Two to five solar eclipses occur each year on average, but total solar eclipses happen just once every 18 months or so (Space.com)."  The next solar eclipse, "visible from the Lower-48 will be on April 8, 2024 which will track northeast from Texas to Maine (NASA)."

Hinode Spacecraft Witnesses Solar Eclipse (NASA, Hinode, 05/20/12)

NASA's Eclipse 101

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