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Solar Eclipse 2017: Who? What? Where? When?

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

Who Can See It?

It passes through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. If you reside outside of those states, you will still get to witness a partial solar eclipse.

What will I see during a total solar eclipse?
During a total solar eclipse, the disk of the moon blocks out the last sliver of light from the sun. Skywatchers report seeing great jets and ribbons of light, twisting and curling out into the sky.
During totality, the area inside the moon's shadow is cloaked in twilight — a once in a lifetime feeling in the middle of the day. 
These effects are not visible during a partial solar eclipse, so skywatchers who are outside of the total solar eclipse range will still get a great show but should make a trip if they want to full effect.
The path of totality for the total solar eclipse is about 70 miles wide and stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. 
You can use this interactive map from NASA to find out the exact locations from which it will be visible.
The timing of the total solar eclipse and its duration both depend on where you are inside the path of totality or outside. At most, the moon will completely cover the disk of the sun for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. (Time and Location)
The next total solar eclips will not happen until 2024. Where it will darken the skies above Mexico and Texas, up through the Midwest and northeastern U.S.
What else can you discover the remainder of the year?
Having escaped the city lights, students are able to see the night sky like never before! Students become fully involved in this ancient science as they use telescopes to view the moon, Saturn's rings or Jupiter's moons. They discover constellations and the legends behind them in the same sky that has amazed humankind since the beginning of time.

About Pali Institute.
At Pali Institute our mission is to introduce experiential education to young people by providing progressive learning experiences that extend far beyond classroom walls. Through our innovative curriculum and professional outdoor staff, students will experience the thrill of seeing, touching and learning about the world around them. At Pali Institute, we bring textbooks to life!