Coming to a state near you.
During late last summer, something like this had crossed your desk, kitchen table, or appeared on your new tablet:
“On Aug. 21, 2017, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature to drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.”
Here’s what you should have known about the eclipse at the time.
The actual eclipse will be seen in a wide belt from Oregon to South Carolina. The belt is 70 miles wide and a few thousand miles long. The duration of the eclipse will be from a low of just over a minute to about 2 minutes and 40 seconds depending on what part of the country you are in. A few examples; Hopkinsville Kentucky is the longest duration about 2 minutes 41 seconds, the shortest is Great Smokey national Park which will last one minute seventeen seconds. It will begin at 8:46 am Pacific Time and end at 5:04 pm Eastern Time.