Solar eclipses don’t happen all that often in America. In fact, get this, fam — you would have to go all the way back to 1979 to find the last solar eclipse in this great country. Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.
Luckily, a total solar eclipse is supposed to grace the skies with its presence on Aug. 21.
According to space.com, “The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide. People who descend upon this “path of totality” for the big event are in for an unforgettable experience.”
For the folks who are thinking a solar eclipse is basically the same thing as a lunar eclipse, just know that it’s not. Check out the below gem to find out why (via space.com):
Although many people have likely had the opportunity to view a total eclipse of the moon (since those are visible over a larger area than a total solar eclipse), few people have been lucky enough to see a darkened sun adorned with the soft pearly white halo of the sun’s corona — solar gases streaming millions of miles into interplanetary space — that blossoms briefly during totality. For any spot of land on Earth, there’s an oft-cited average time of 375 years between total solar eclipses. That varies greatly, of course, but it emphasizes the general rarity of these events.
With that in mind, how much the sun will be eclipsed by the moon will depend on where you live/where you are going to be on Aug. 21.
If you are looking for more reasons to get excited about this rare occurrence, then look no further than the tidbits below (once again, via space.com)!
1. “This is the first time a total solar eclipse has gone from one American coast to the other since 1918.”
2. “It will also be the first time in U.S. history that a total solar eclipse will make landfall exclusively on U.S. soil, meaning it will not be visible from any other country.”
Needless to say, the Great American Eclipse is going to be absurd!
In hopes of getting the most out of the solar eclipse, you would be doing your celebration game a huge favor by traveling to DAYLIGHT Beach Club for our version of ECLIPSE, which is basically a night swim — better yet, a lit night swim — that goes down a couple times a month.
As for this month, we’ll be throwing the best night pool party in Vegas on Thursday, Aug. 10 and Thursday, Aug. 24, which just so happens to book end the total solar eclipse on Aug 21!