August Solar Eclipse Update

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This NASA map of the North American continent shows the path of the August 21 eclipse. Thermopolis, Wyoming, is in the direct eclipse path.

The first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in nearly 40 years takes place on Aug. 21, 2017. Thermopolis, Wyoming, is in the direct path. Beyond providing a brilliant sight in the daytime sky, total solar eclipses provide a rare chance for scientists to collect data only available during eclipses. NASA is funding 11 scientific studies that will take advantage of this opportunity.

“When the moon blocks out the sun during a total eclipse, those regions of Earth that are in the direct path of totality become dark as night for almost three minutes,” said Steve Clarke, director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “This will be one of the best-observed eclipses to date, and we plan to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn as much as we can about the sun and its effects on Earth.”

 

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