U.S. prepares for coast-to-coast total solar eclipse

It has been nearly 40 years since the last total solar eclipse could be seen in the United States.

In central North Carolina, the start of the eclipse will be around 1:18 p.m. with the end of the eclipse and full sun returning around 4:06 p.m. In addition, the Moon's actual orbit is elliptical, often taking it far enough away from Earth that its apparent size is not large enough to block the Sun totally.

Pasachoff said the total eclipse will be a chance to see the universe changing around the viewer. Though parts of Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctica will also be able to witness the solar eclipse. The August event, however, will be more special as it is "readily available to people from coast to coast", Pasachoff added.

Traffic plans are now being reworked to handle the rush of thousands of sun gazers gathering at one place.

Broadly speaking, an eclipse occurs when the Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun, partially or fully blocking out some of the Sun's light.

A statement by the Agency's Head of Media, Dr. Felix Ale says there is no cause for alarm as Solar Eclipse which is a natural occurrence will be observed across the nation making each part of the country a great site for viewing the eclipse in different degree of obscurity.

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After half an hour, the sun will turn bright again but appear with a diminished crescent-like shape.

So, Sunday's eclipse will have an extremely thin ring of the Sun around the Moon's disk!

Sweetwater, Tenn., will have one of the best views in the world. The track of the total eclipse goes from OR, to Missouri to SC.

For those on the "path of totality", the celestial event will be an unforgettable experience. However, the view is much more dramatic during an eclipse when you can see the arc of the moon cutting across the solar disc. Buy them early as they may sell out closer to the eclipse.

The Sunday eclipse will be annular, meaning that during the celestial event the Sun will be visible from behind the moon. The eclipse also offers a brilliant opportunity to study Earth under uncommon conditions. Staring at the Sun is never a good idea, even when 99 percent of it is blocked by the moon.

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