Total solar eclipses are not rare. The eclipse is going to be extraordinary for the 14 states where it will be visible in totality.
The next total solar eclipse will come early 2024.
ECLIPSE FACTS: How fast is the solar eclipse? The path will be 71 miles across. "Like you'll see when the eclipse shines through the leaves of a tree a lot of times, it'll make little images of the eclipse on the ground".
For the first time in close to a century the path of a solar eclipse will exclusively cross the US from coast to coast.
Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook, FOLLOW us on Twitter and download the free WSB-TV news app to receive our latest content! These are visible from over half of the earth, with totality lasting about 1 to 2 hours. According to NASA, during the eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
Feeling impartial to this year's partial eclipse?
Looking directly at the eclipse without the proper solar filters is risky.
A complete eclipse happens only when "there is an exquisite alignment of the moon and the sun in our sky", said Richard Vondrak, a lunar scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
An example of this is when you look at the sun and then glance away and still see a spot as big as the solar surface appeared to your eye. If you expose your eyes too much without wearing proper protection, you can even go blind.
In metro Atlanta, about 97 percent of the sun will be covered on August 21.
On August 19th, they're helping community members make viewing boxes to protect their eyesight during the eclipse. While it will be impressive, it won't be quite as life-changing as experiencing the event along the path of totality which sits to our north.