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August 21, 2017, will be marked as a special day in World's history. The day will observe the Total Solar Eclipse over the entire North America, where the moon will cover the sun completely. The celestial event would go on for up to about three hours.
Although the longest period when the moon will completely block the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - from any given location along the path corona, will be about two minutes and 40 seconds, suggests NASA.
The solar eclipse will start around 1 p.m EDT which is around 10.30 pm IST. American Space Research Organisation, NASA stream the Total Solar Eclipse LIVE using 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft along with more than 50 high-altitude balloons. The astronauts from the International Space Station will also be sharing their own pictures from various angles.
This awe-inspiring sight of nature can be seen will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. All others from North America and parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will be able to observe the partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.
NASA has suggested people not to look directly at the sun’s ray during the course of the celestial event. Special eclipse glasses should be worn while observing the event.
The Total Solar Eclipse would not be visible in India but could be seen through NASA's live streams on their Facebook, Twitter, Twitch TV and YouTube page.
The contiguous U.S. last saw a Total solar eclipse in 1979 and expected to see the next on April 8, 2024. The next solar eclipse though is in the year 2019 in South Pacific, and Chile and Argentina. India's chance to see the next solar eclipse is reportedly on June 21, 2020.