Americans Preparing for Total Eclipse of the Sun
On Monday, August 21, the sun, moon and Earth will line up perfectly over many parts of the United States.
This event, called a total solar eclipse, will turn day into night for a few minutes. Then the skies will slowly lighten again.
For the first time in nearly 100 years, the total solar eclipse will be visible from the U.S. West Coast to the East Coast.
The total eclipse can be seen along a path about 110 kilometers wide and reach across 14 states.
Many areas near the main path should notice some darkness in the sky. A partial eclipse will extend up through Canada and down through Central America and the top of South America.
This eclipse is expected to be the most ever studied and celebrated.
Many places have organized events or are offering special products to celebrate the total solar eclipse. For example, you can find such products at the Eclipse Kitchen, a restaurant in Makanda, Illinois. It is selling eclipse t-shirts, safety glasses and even eclipse burgers.
Scientists are also very excited about this eclipse.
“This is a really amazing chance to just open the public’s eyes to wonder,“ says Angela Des Jardins of Montana State University.
Des Jardins, a physicist, is leading an eclipse balloon project for NASA, the U.S. space agency. On August 21, students will launch balloons equipped with cameras into the sky. The cameras will send back video of the eclipse along the way.