For the first time in almost forty years, Americans will be lucky enough to watch a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. The event is already called the Great American Eclipse. Two years from now, Earth’s moon is scheduled to entirely cover the Sun. All across the country, from Oregon to South Carolina, Americans will be able to see the spectacle from their own backyards.

As seen from the Earth, 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.

“When you look at the eclipse, you will perceive the blackest black imaginable surrounded by the Sun’s ever-changing atmosphere, the corona. The quality of light is stupendous with an amazing light show of iridescence, scintillation, and delicate colors,” said the announcement.

However, only certain regions of the US will be in the “path of totality”, and will have a better view of the nature’s display. Those regions include cities such as Kansas City, Lincoln, St. Louis and Nashville, just to name a few.

It will be the first time since 1979 that observers from the US will be able to watch a total solar eclipse. After the one happening in 2017, the next is scheduled to occur in 2045.

Source: Space