In just a few short years, the United States will have the opportunity to witness one of the most spectacular celestial events: a total solar eclipse. On April 8, 2023, the moon will pass directly between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow that will sweep across the country from coast to coast.
This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the US since the historic event on August 21, 2017, which captivated millions of people across the country. The 2023 eclipse will follow a similar path, but will be visible in different regions of the country.
The eclipse will begin in the Pacific Northwest, with the moon’s shadow first touching land in Oregon. It will then move southeast, crossing through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas before finally exiting the US in Mexico.
For those lucky enough to be in the path of totality, the experience will be truly unforgettable. The sky will darken as the moon passes in front of the sun, revealing the sun’s corona in all its glory. Stars and planets will become visible, and animals may behave strangely as they react to the sudden darkness.
But even if you’re not in the path of totality, you’ll still be able to witness a partial eclipse. In fact, much of the country will be able to see at least a 50% eclipse, with some areas experiencing up to 90% coverage.
Of course, as with any celestial event, it’s important to take proper precautions to protect your eyes. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent damage to your vision. Make sure you have proper eclipse glasses or filters, or use a pinhole projector to safely observe the event.
The 2023 total solar eclipse is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many Americans. So mark your calendars and start planning your viewing party now – this is one event you won’t want to miss.