Americans witness rare solar eclipse in 38 years

Americans witness rare solar eclipse in 38 years

Americans witness rare solar eclipse in 38 years

Written by Keshala Dias

22 Aug, 2017 | 5:00 pm

Monday’s total solar eclipse was one of the biggest astronomical events of the year, but people that missed it will have the chance to see another in less than a decade.

It was the first total solar eclipse visible from America’s lower 48 states in 38 years, and the first since 1918 to track from coast to coast.

This followed with a seemingly unending stream of photos and videos uploaded to social media throughout the day.

A huge shadow cast by the Moon as it passed in front of the Sun swept across the nation, from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east.

As the sky grew dark, around 10.16 a.m., the temperature had started to drop and eclipse viewers started to shout and cheer. The most common exclamation was: “Oh my God!” A ring of light glimmered around the black moon – the long-awaited corona, finally safe to view with the naked eye.

On April 8, 2024, the shadow of the moon will once again completely block out the sun across the United States, this time from Texas to Maine. Portions of Mexico and eastern Canada will also experience a total solar eclipse.


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