Oh wow! This August 21, the Moon’s shadow, a mere 60 to 70 miles wide, will flee across the United States in a reverse-Oregon-trail and continue through Charleston, South Carolina. If you are in the path of totality for this solar eclipse, you’ll see the Moon blot out the Sun for a mere 2-3 minutes.
In preparation for such a salient astronomical event, I’ve decided to do a blog series to cover at least some of what I’d like to share. I plan to show some configuration diagrams (to-scale and not-to-scale, that’s not a question), a view of stars and planets visible near the eclipse, tales of past eclipses, the science behind them, and a detailed script of what I’ll be doing during my two long-awaited minutes of amazement.
To start, I recommend checking out this interactive Google Maps tool to find out the specifics for your location.