A resident of Westbury, NY, Valerie Varnuska has numerous interests including astronomy. For Valerie Varnuska and other astronomy enthusiasts, Monday, August 21, 2017, was a special day, as the United States and the rest of North America experienced a solar eclipse.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon travels between the sun and Earth, blocking part or all of the sun from view. A total solar eclipse is when the moon completely blocks the sun and the corona, the thin atmosphere of the sun, is still visible. The path where the sun was completely hidden by the moon began in Lincoln Beach, Oregon, at 10:16 a.m. PDT and traveled through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina, and ended at 2:48 p.m. EDT near Charleston, South Carolina.
Everyone in North America, and people in portions of South America, Africa, and Europe saw at the least a partial solar eclipse. It was in 1979 when the contiguous United States last witnessed a total solar eclipse.