‘Jaw-Dropping’: Rare Total Solar Eclipse Will ‘Bring People to Tears’

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The US is set to experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in almost a century on August 21 – giving millions of Americans the chance to observe the rare celestial event.

NASA revealed details and viewing advice for the upcoming eclipse, which will see the moon pass between the sun and Earth, casting a dark shadow and making visible the solar corona – the sun’s normally obscured atmosphere, as well as bright stars and planets.

A total of 14 states from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east will experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day over a span of almost two hours.

This will be the first total eclipse in the US since 1979 and the first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918.

The US will be the only country to experience the total eclipse. International visitors, however, are expected to descend on the country for the rare chance to see the sun disappear behind the moon, transforming daylight into twilight.

“It brings people to tears,” Rick Fienberg, a spokesperson for the American Astronomical Society (AAS), told Space.com. “It makes people’s jaw drop.”

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At least three NASA aircraft, 11 other spacecraft, and more than 50 high-altitude balloons, as well as the astronauts aboard the International Space Station, will capture images.

“Never before will a celestial event be viewed by so many and explored from so many vantage points – from space, from the air, and from the ground,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington said.

NASA is warning potential viewers to put safety first and use specialized solar viewing glasses to observe the non-eclipsed or partially-eclipsed sun.

The space agency says it’s safe to look at the total eclipse with the naked eye only during the brief period of totality, which will last about two minutes, depending on location.

NASA will broadcast live video of the celestial event, along with coverage of activities held across the country in its honor.

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  • TrevorD

    “It brings people to tears,”
    Depends really, Is there a Kardashians TV marathon that day?

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Tears, REALLY? I saw the ’79 eclipse. It was anything but ‘jaw-dropping’. What, this dood has never even been out of his playpen before? Whoopeefuckin’DING.

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  • Cynical Old Bastard

    Seen a bunch of totals, so I doubt I’ll cry. Well… unless the batteries go dead in my auto-darkening welder’s mask.

    This one’s coming right over the top of my bald little redneck pate and I have plans to watch it with the neighborhood young ‘uns… even have a simple lesson on orbital mechanics planned for them. Have a little model built and everything. (they think I’m cool–poor little deluded bastards.)

  • Jim

    The only ones who are going to shedding tears are the ones who shelled out the big bucks for the “choice” viewing spots. To bad it will be overcast and rainy that day.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      Um, make that “chemcast”. Doubled down for the event no less.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    I find the idea of an eclipse compelling and fascinating, but will it bring me to tears? No. What brings me to tears is how the mass of scientists have been co-opted as a weaponized branch of government. I find that I am less and less interested in anything they have to say with each passing day.

  • Jeri Brace

    I am interested in seeing the bright star that is always vertical of the sun before the sun rises then it disappears. the same star in the southwest in the fall & winter months.

  • Jimmy Yost

    I saw an almost total solar eclipse in May of 1984 and it didn’t bring me to tears, maybe because I had sense enough not to look straight at it.

    • Maddog

      “almost” is not like hand grenades.

  • Sharknado

    Will Nibiru be revealed?

    • Maddog

      Not sure, however you will be able to see the pregnant virgin clothed in the sun.

  • GAZOO2

    Bow down to me and give me your stuff or I will turn off the Sun on August 21 !

  • Milly Vanilly

    Everyone will be in tears because the Eclipse will be hidden by those GDamn Chemtrails….it’s the barium & aluminum that will tear up your eyes.

    • Maddog

      Excellent post.

  • Tatiana Covington

    My first was on Feb 26, 1979. I have never been the same. Only JS Bach could write the score, and even he would be hard pressed to do it.

    Try BWV 546b.

  • screamingmimi

    it would bring people to tears if they understood what it really meant for the USA. #harbingershappen