Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017
During the morning of August 21, many states in the United States will see a total solar eclipse along the path of totality. The skies will darken and the temperatures will cool as the moon covers the sun. Although solar eclipses happen on earth about every 18 months, it is mostly in far corners of the earth. It is rare to have one with a path of totality that traverses our states. During a total solar eclipse, the disk of the moon blocks out the last sliver of light from the sun, and the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, becomes visible. This lasts about a minute and a half at the very center of the path of totality which is about 70 miles wide. In Salt Lake we will see about 93% of the sun covered by the moon. Make sure you do not look at the sun without eclipse glasses as this can cause severe damage to your eyes.
Idaho Falls, Idaho, is very close to the center of the path of totality. The eclipse begins there at 10:15 am and ends at 12:58 pm with the sun’s outer atmosphere showing at 11:33 for one minute. We will have similar times in Salt Lake. People from all over the world follow these eclipses. We are fortunate to get to view it on the first day of school.
Facts and the Path of Totality
Viewing in Salt Lake City
NASA – Activities for All Grades
This is different than a lunar eclipse which puts the moon in the shadow of the earth.