On Aug. 21, North America will be treated to the first total solar eclipse in 18 years.
A solar eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are at the same angular size. The moon completely covers the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere can be seen from Earth. Individuals should only view the eclipse with eclipse viewing glasses.
The path of totality (the path that the moon’s shadow leaves on Earth) will stretch from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Solar eclipses only last a few minutes, so grab a pair of eclipse-viewing glasses and witness this extraordinary sight!