One year until Earth goes dark

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One year from yesterday, our planet will be engulfed in complete darkness……..well for 2 minutes it will.

On August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse. This means that for the first time in 37 years the moon will completely block out the sun. This solar eclipse will sweep across the United States from northwest to southeast. This won’t be an occurrence that lasts only a few seconds either, the eclipse could last over 2 minutes in some places.

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We haven’t seen this in so many years due to the rare circumstances that have to occur to create this eclipse. When the Moon is close enough to the Earth and the Sun far enough away, the Moon will seem large enough to cover the 400x-larger disk of the Sun. From our point of view, the Moon will seem incredibly large compared to our Sun during the eclipse.

I personally have never seen an eclipse like this, however I have heard it is breathtaking. The sky will be darker than ever and the stars will shine brightly in space. We can expect a sudden drop in temperature during this time as well.

Learn more about the solar eclipse here.

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