One year from today (Monday, August 21, 2017) will be “Eclipse Day,” where a solar eclipse will be visible from all 50 states between approximately 1 PM and 1:30 PM in eastern Iowa. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible by all 50 states, was in June of 1918. The last time a solar eclipse was visible by the lower 48 states, was in February 1979. Click here for complete information on the total solar eclipse.
A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly between the Sun & Earth, casting Moon’s shadow onto Earth. The only time a solar eclipse can occur is when the Moon’s phase is at in New Moon.
The states that will be able to see the entire (100%) total eclipse are: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In eastern Iowa, we won’t see the totality of the eclipse, but our area will be able to view 85%-90% maximum eclipse. (View the map below)
It is dangerous to stare directly at the eclipse, so if you want to view it, you will have to have eclipse glasses to protect your eyes. As the event gets closer, I am sure your local stores will have them available!
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This post was written by Kyle Kiel