Mark your calendars, Glitter Girls. And get your sparkly pink eclipse glasses ready. A total solar eclipse is coming this summer, and we couldn’t be more excited. The eclipse will be visible from the entire continental United States. Here are a few facts to add to your level of excitement:
- It’s been 38 years since the last one. The last total solar eclipse viewable from the entire continental U.S. occurred February 26, 1979. But not many people got to see it because it was viewable from only five states in the Northwest and the weather was not ideal. Before that one, was March 7, 1970.
- A solar eclipse when the Sun, the Moon, and Earth all line up. The solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves directly between the sun and the earth and blocks out the sun. The moon casts a shadow on Earth. If you’re in the dark part of that shadow, you’ll see a total eclipse. If you’re in the light part, you’ll see a partial eclipse.
- If you want to get the first glimpse, go to Oregon. First U.S. point will be on the waterfront at Government Point, Oregon.
- The end of the eclipse is not on land. The last contact with the U.S. for the eclipse will occur at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean .
- All of us in the continental U.S. can see it. It will be viewable to Americans across the country, but only those in Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, Kentucky, Missouri, Wyoming, Georgia, Tennessee, and North & South Carolina will see a total eclipse.
What about you, Glitter Girls? Will you be watching?