Total solar eclipse 1st in 99 years to sweep width of US

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  • This August, the United States will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.
  • It will cut diagonally across the entire United States.

Path of the Solar Eclipse

  • This path will be 100 to 120km wide wide; the closer to the centre, the longer the totality.
  • Totality will cross from Oregon into Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and, finally, South Carolina.

Solar Eclipse

  • A solar eclipse is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks (“occults”) the Sun.
  • This can happen only at new moon when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in an alignment referred to as syzygy. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses, only part of the Sun is obscured.

Total Solar Eclipse

  • When the moon passes between Earth and the sun, and scores a bull’s eye by completely blotting out the sunlight, that’s a total solar eclipse. The moon casts a shadow on our planet. Dead center is where sky gazers get the full treatment.

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Coast Line

A coastline or a seashore is the area where land meets the sea or ocean,or a line that forms the boundary between the land and the ocean or a lake. A precise line that can be called a coastline cannot be determined due to the Coastline paradox.

Total Solar Eclipse observed in India

  • 1st solar eclipse was observed on Feb 16, 1980.
  • Fifteen years later, India witnessed another total solar eclipse on Oct 24, 1995.

 

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