A total eclipse of the sun occurs today, with the path of totality moving northwest to southeast across the United States. The eclipse can be watched live online at NASA. Some broadcast and cable television channels will also offer live coverage. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to view the eclipse in person, be sure to wear appropriate eye protection.
NASA tells us:
This is the first time a total solar eclipse has gone from one American coast to the other since 1918. It will also be the first time in U.S. history that a total solar eclipse will make landfall exclusively on U.S. soil, meaning it will not be visible from any other country. (This technically happened in 1257 — but, of course, the United States wasn’t a country way back then.)
If it’s raining or overcast, a total eclipse will still provide the spectacle of total darkness and a drop in temperature, as much as 15 degrees or more. Birds may roost. Cicadas may sing. Owls may hoot. It promises to be magical.
Refer to the above chart (click to enlarge) to see whether you’re in the path of totality. There’s a live chart at this link that will help to determine when totality arrives (UT, Greenwich Mean Time) and how long it will last. (There are online converters. Here’s one for UT to CDT, but it uses a 24-hour UT clock, so subtract 12 hours. Here’s another.)
Even if you’re not in the path of totality, you will still experience a partial eclipse within the continental U.S. (and some other countries, including parts of Mexico and Canada).
Catch you on the other side!