There was a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. The path of totality crossed Lebanon, Tennessee, where I lived in the 1970s and 80s. There was 2 minutes, 35 seconds of totality. The path of the moon's shadow crossed a dozen states and was 70 miles wide. Everyone in North America was in the penumbral shadow and saw at least a partial eclipse. Only people in the path of totality experienced the real thing.
The eclipse began in Lebanon at noon. Totality occurred at 1:28. The eclipse ended at 3. I saw it from Cedars of Lebanon State Park. There was a good crowd, and I got lucky. The sky was blue by eclipse time.
Both the earth and the moon cast shadows into space. The moon's shadow travels 1000 miles an hour, so a solar eclipse lasts only a few minutes. The path of totality may be thousands of miles long.
<a href="http://www.hermit.org/eclipse/2017-08-21/">Solar eclipse 2017</A>
<a href="http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2017Aug21Tgoogle.html">NASA eclipse site</A>
<a href="http://www.eclipse2017.org/">Eclipse 2017</A>
<a href="http://www.creation-answers.com/animate.htm">Animation of the eclipse</A>
<a href="http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/communities/states/TN/Lebanon_1756.htm">Eclipse in Lebanon</A>
**The Great American Eclipse: The Complete Guide to the Greatest Show on Earth**
This publication anticipates the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. There is a map showing the path of totality. The moon's shadow hits land in Oregon and leaves the United States at South Carolina, cutting a diagonal across the country. The science behind eclipses is explained in an easy to understand way. The section about legendary eclipses is far-fetched. It is asking a lot to believe that an eclipse accompanied the Crucifixion of Christ. But some people will believe anything. Of course, Einstein's theory of relativity was proven during the 1919 solar eclipse. The concept of saros is explained, although it is hard to understand. It has to do with eclipse cycles and makes the prediction of eclipses possible. Our Great American Eclipse is saros 145. Stonehenge is interpreted as an eclipse calendar. Some of the mythological explanations for eclipses are silly. The Incas of South America imagined the sun was being attacked by a jaguar.