The August 2017 eclipse is going to offer people the chance to see the total eclipse across the entire country. The total eclipse begins in Oregon at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1:15 EDT) and exit South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT. The partial eclipse, will of course start earlier and end later. But the total eclipse itself will take a little over one and a half hours to cross the country. Read more here.
Drawing of an 1860 total eclipse by G. Tempel. Note the curled structure at the bottom right of the drawing of the solar atmosphere, which may well represent what we now know to be a coronal mass ejection – a type of explosion on the sun, which sends a giant cloud of solar material out into space.
A white light image of the solar corona taken during the total solar eclipse of 2008. This image has been processed to bring out the details of the corona’s structure, which is difficult to capture with a camera.
Credit: Miloslav Druckmüller, Peter Aniol, Martin Dietzel, Vojtech Rušin