More likely than not, you’ve heard about the solar eclipse that will occur Monday afternoon. But how much do you know about a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in between the Earth and Sun. When it is directly in between the two, its shadow is cast over the Earth, creating the unique picture you see here.
However, not everyone sees that. Depending on where you are in the United States, you might see something different. In order to see the total eclipse, you need to be in the dark part of the shadow, called the umbra. Here in Ohio, we are in the lighter part of the shadow (the penumbra), so we see a partial eclipse like the picture below:
Unique to this eclipse, everyone in the United States will see at least a partial eclipse. The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the United States was 38 years ago on February 26, 1979.
If you missed this last eclipse, don’t fear. You won’t be waiting another 38 years. Instead, the next total solar eclipse that is visible in the United States will be on April 8, 2024.
Want to learn more about the solar eclipse? Check these 25 Fact About the 2017 Solar Eclipse.
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