For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States this summer, prompting tens of millions of people to cram into a 60-mile-wide path from Oregon to the Carolinas to witness the rare phenomenon.
NASA astronomers have predicted that a total solar eclipse crossing the nation will take place on August 21, 2017, when the sky will go dark in the middle of the day.
Jay M. Pasachoff, an astronomer from Williams College, said that the upcoming total solar eclipse will last for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
Pasachoff added that even 99 per cent would be nowhere near as dramatic as the total eclipse which would make it totally dark.
Speaking on the topic, Pasachoff said, “You have to be in totality to do it. Basically the universe gets a million times darker. It is absolutely necessary to be in the path of totality. It’s a poor second to be off to the side.”
It will be an important moment for scientists to observe the total solar eclipse to better understand the celestial phenomenon. However, for many individuals it will be a matter of religious faith and proof of God’s majesty.