Total Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will be visible from different sections of the United States. The last time a total eclipse was visible was June 8th, 1918. In the event of a total solar eclipse, the moon’s diameter is larger than the sun’s and as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, it creates complete darkness for a period of time. If you are in New York as we are, the eclipse will be in partial effect from 1:22p.m. until about 3:57p.m. We will be able to view the eclipse at about 60% totality around 2:42p.m. Check for more accurate times in your area the day of the eclipse.

A recent article from Greentech Media states that “Bloomberg[‘s] calculation found that more than 9,000 megawatts of solar power may go down during the eclipse, which is equivalent to taking approximately nine nuclear reactors offline.” Utility companies are advising solar energy users to decrease their energy usage within the hours of the eclipse if possible.

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