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The Great American Solar Eclipse

By The Hub team, August 21, 2017

It has been 99 years since the last total solar eclipse crossed the United States from coast to coast. In 1918, the path of totality traveled from Washington State to Florida.

The Solar Eclipse tTaken from the United ramp at the Nashville International Airport Taken from the United ramp at the Nashville International Airport

Today we experienced another total solar eclipse with a similar path that some 391 million people across the United States witnessed in partial or total form. The total solar eclipse began at 9am local time in Oregon and ended just before 3pm local time in South Carolina. Due to planetary geometry, the eclipse for some lasted only one second while others were able to view it for as long as two minutes and 40 seconds.

Total Solar Eclipse of the Heart; 1) It's been 99 years since the USA saw a total solar eclipse from coast to coast 2) 391 million people will see a partial or total eclipse 3) the path of totality is 70 miles wide 4) The eclipse will cross the US in approximately 1.5 hours 5) The eclipse will pass through 14 states 6) Totality will only last about 2.5 minutes 7) The next solar eclipse to cross mainland USA will be in 2014

As many watched the skies darken, the eclipse reached totality at 1:15pm local time in Oregon. Scientists hope to learn from the eclipse, specifically more about the sun's mysterious corona, the outermost part of the sun's atmosphere. During a total solar eclipse the corona can be seen, however remains hidden due to the normally bright light of the sun's surface. During a total solar eclipse, the moon passes in between the sun and the Earth causing the glowing white corona to be seen surrounding the sun. The corona burns more than a million degrees hotter than the sun's surface which has long puzzled scientists. Despite happening every 18 months, most total solar eclipses happen in remote areas making this occurrence extra special.

Share your photos on social media using the #Eclipse2017. For more information on the eclipse and to see a recap of today's events visit NASA's website.

United employees gather outside in Chicago to view the solar eclipse United employees gather outside in Chicago to view the solar eclipse

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