- 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 very important never to look directly at the sun with your naked eye. You definitely want to have safety glasses (holds glasses up). So, we have safety glasses, which are not sunglasses. These are special safety glasses where it is safe to look directly at the sun if you have those on. Otherwise you can use an indirect method like a pinhole camera. Instructions on how to make those are at 'eclipse2017.nasa.gov,' plus a lot of other safety information."
- Embargoed: 5th July 2017 17:03
- 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
- Reuters ID: LVA0046M837EV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- 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.
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
- Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017. Open For Restrictions - http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None