- Title: Countdown begins to total solar eclipse across U.S.
- Date: 21st June 2017
- Summary: GREENBELT, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES (JUNE 21, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) NASA SCIENTIST, DR. NICHOLEEN VIALL, SAYING: "It is true that animals change their behavior. What's super cool is for two minutes, all of a sudden in the middle of the day, it goes dark like it's a moonlit night. So, it feels like nighttime even though it's the middle of the day, and that disrupts animal's behavior; the atmosphere will feel - it will feel cooler and it will look like a moonlit night. You'll even be able to see bright stars and the bright planets."
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- Keywords: total solar eclipse NASA eclipse animation NASA eclipse
- Location: GREENBELT, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES / ANIMATION / UNIDENTIFIED
- City: GREENBELT, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES / ANIMATION / UNIDENTIFIED
- Country: USA
- Topics: Science,Space Exploration
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- Story Text: Two months before the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in a century, NASA on Wednesday (June 21) is expected to detail its plans to study and promote a celestial show that will darken skies from Oregon to South Carolina.
During the August 21 eclipse, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, blocking the face of the sun and leaving only its outer atmosphere, or corona, visible in the sky.
It is the first coast-to-coast total eclipse since 1918.
Weather permitting, astronomy enthusiasts can watch as the moon's 70-mile (113-km.) wide shadow crosses the country, starting at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1715 GMT) around Lincoln Beach, Oregon, and ending at 2:49 p.m. EDT (1849 GMT) in McClellanville, South Carolina.
Total solar eclipses occur somewhere on Earth every year or so, but most cast their shadow over oceans or remote land. The last time a part of the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.
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