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The great American solar eclipse
Photo courtesy: NASA Solar System Exploration Facebook

By Joseph Rios

“The great American Solar Eclipse” and a “sight of a lifetime,” is what scientists call it. But why should you care?

First let’s define what a solar eclipse is. It is when then moon passes in front of the sun, resulting in a shadow overcast. The last big solar eclipse happened in 2012, but this eclipse is even more relevant because it is a total solar eclipse. It is the first time in 99 years that a total eclipse will occur across the U.S.

The difference about this one is that the solar eclipse can only be seen from a 60-70-mile-wide path. Particular regions in Nebraska and Wyoming offer people a chance to get a full experience in viewing the eclipse, but it will be viewable throughout the state of Colorado.

Eclipses are natural phenomenon that occur infrequently, but bring intrigue and fascination to the masses. Science writer David Baron talked about eclipses in an interview with The Verge. He called eclipses jaw dropping and spectacular, even though they only last a few minutes.

“It’s like nothing else you’ve ever experienced and so for a lot of folks, it can become an addiction,” said Baron to The Verge. “You just want to have that experience again, that feeling of incredible connection to the universe.

Scientists have said there is a significant difference between a 99 percent eclipse and a 100 percent eclipse. According to a report from Denver7, the Colorado cities and towns in the adjacent sidebar will offer the best opportunities to fully experience the total eclipse in Colorado.

The last total eclipse to occur in the United States was on June 8, 1918. It was visible from coast to coast. Almost 100 years later one of the greatest natural phenomenon returns creating anticipation across the country. Mark your calendars and set your alarms, because this year’s total solar eclipse will happen on Monday, August 21 at 10:23 a.m. and the majority of the sun will be covered in Colorado at 11:47 am. ending at 1:14 pm.

Best places to veiw the Solar Eclipse

Julesburg: 99.1 percent

Sterling: 97.1 percent

Yuma: 95.7 percent

Fort Collins: 95.4 percent

Fort Morgan: 95.2 percent

Denver: 92.3 percent





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