Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

Port St. Joe High School students watch the solar eclipse

Port St. Joe High School students watch the solar eclipse

Over the weekend, millions of Americans crowded into the narrow celestial interstate from OR to SC known as the "path of totality", where a total solar eclipse appeared briefly on Monday.

In the USA, the total eclipse was visible from the east to west coast in a path about 60 to 70 miles wide.

A total solar eclipse is crossing the United States from OR to South Carolina On August 21, 2017.

This is the first total solar eclipse viewable from the continental USA since 1979, and the first coast-to-coast in 99 years. Here's how to make a pinhole camera and project an image of the sun that you can watch, using a piece of cardboard, some paper, and some aluminum foil. A lunar eclipse, by contrast, occurs when the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon.

- AFP The moon nearly eclipses the sun during a near total solar eclipse as seen from Salem, Oregon. Once you can see the sun again, it won't be safe to look with your naked eye.

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Adrian Wyld/Canadian PressA set of binoculars is used backwards to project the moon passing in front of the sun onto a piece of paper during a partial solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 in Chelsea, Que.

The phases of a partial eclipse are not as exciting as a total eclipse. Odds are, you are a short vehicle ride away from the path of totality. -AFP Annie Gray Penuel and Lauren Peck, both of Dallas, wear their makeshift eclipse glasses at Nashville's eclipse viewing party ahead of the solar eclipse at First Tennessee Park. They'll also be sharing information about how to experience the eclipse safely, and answering questions from social media throughout the day. AstroMcGill will be holding an eclipse-watching event on the Lower Field, starting at 1 p.m. Eclipses are more likely to occur near the poles.

Sadly, people on other continents will not be able to see the glory of the total eclipse, but might be able to view a partial one depending on their location.

The magnificent astronomical phenomenon is referred to as "The Great American Eclipse".

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