If you are a person who does not follow a single American person or news source online, you may not be aware that TODAY local time North America will be privy to a total eclipse of the Sun.
A solar eclipse happens when the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth, casting a massive shadow on the afflicted area. Today it’s a total solar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon is pretty much as close as possible to the Earth.
Today’s events are expected to go for 100 minutes, as 14 states cop more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day.
It’s a heaps rare natural event – the last time a total eclipse travelled across the country was in 1918, moving from Washington to Florida. In 1979, another crossed through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota.
The last to occur in Oz was in 2012, visible from the top of Queensland, while another is scheduled for 2028 and will stretch from WA to Sydney.
Because nothing is sacred – not even the threatening infiniteness of space – the internet have figured out how to have fun with this very special ocular spectacular.
— Death Wish Coffee Co. (@DeathWishCoffee) August 21, 2017
Very much looking forward to the thousands of terrible iPhone photos of the eclipse #SolarEclipse2017
— Mark Critch (@markcritch) August 21, 2017
The Purge beings at 2 pm EST. Good luck to everyone. May the odds be ever in your favor.#SolarEclipse2017
— Charlotte Clymer 🇺🇦 (@cmclymer) August 21, 2017
— Bindas Ladki (@bindasladki) August 21, 2017
Honestly, I fail to see how total darkness during the day is any different than how I’ve felt since November 9, 2016 #SolarEclipse2017
— celia (@_celia_bedelia_) August 21, 2017
— LaurenNYknicks 🐾🦋🏀😈 (@AaliyahNevaeh7) August 21, 2017
— Adam (MS) (@Muh_Sadam) August 21, 2017
Although some aren’t getting into the spirit of the occasion, because they have no sense of wonder/are afraid they bought a rip-off pair of not-so-special glasses that wont actually protect their eyes.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 21, 2017
Fair enough, really.