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Seven Things You Must Anticipate For The 2017 Solar Eclipse (Synopsis)

For the first time in almost 40 years, the path of the moon's shadow passes through the continental United States. This visualization shows the Earth, moon, and sun at 17:05:40 UTC during the eclipse. Image credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio.

“Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.” -Victor Hugo

On August 21, 2017, the Moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun, casting its shadow onto the Earth’s surface and causing a total solar eclipse. For the first time since 1979, a portion of that eclipse will cross the continental United States, with the path of totality running coast-to-coast and crossing through 14 states. It’s poised to be a record-breaking, breathtaking eclipse in a number of ways.

More than 2/3 of the American population is within a single day’s driving distance of the path of totality. This could create the worst traffic jam in American history. Image credit: Michael Zeller /

It may turn out to be the most-viewed eclipse in history; it may create the world’s largest traffic jam ever. But it may also be a spectacular sight and experience that the majority of people have never seen. With over 200 million people within a single day’s drive of totality, you can bet that it’s going to be one of the most spectacular events of the entire decade.

Typically, temperatures drop during a total solar eclipse by approximately 10 degrees Fahrenheit, although drops as large as 28 degrees have been recorded. Image credit: Luc Jamet.

Here are seven things you must anticipate for the 2017 solar eclipse, coming this summer to a daytime sky near you!