On August 21st, 2017, millions of people in the United States will watch as the sun, moon, and earth align for a rare and extraordinary event—a total solar eclipse. Only lasting a few short minutes, the moon will plunge the Earth into the darkness of its shadow as it passes in front of the sun.
image/text credit: National Geographic
This short film by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh explains what happens during a total solar eclipse and why you won’t want to miss it.
During the eclipse, the sky will get so dark that stars will look just as bright as they would during the evening. If you live close to the total eclipse zone, you’ll even be able to see planets like Jupiter and Venus easily.
Shadow bands are a rare sight during the eclipse, but you may be able to see them with the right equipment, timing and location. The most important part is the color of the ground. You can see the bands best on light colors. Some people lay a large white sheet on the ground. You may also spot them by looking at concrete, sand, snow or ice.