What is a total solar eclipse?

Excitement is building for the total solar eclipse that will be visible across parts of Middle Tennessee on august 21.

This event map is a Google Maps overlay, and the events don't necessarily have to lie within the path of totality, which runs from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

While the eclipse won't be complete in Colorado, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to travel to Wyoming to watch the once-in-a-lifetime event that's been dubbed the Great American Eclipse. There hasn't been a total solar eclipse across the entire USA since 1918.

On Monday, August 21, people will be able to view a total solar eclipse as it moves eastward through the US from OR to SC. A partial eclipse means a part of the sun will be covered by the moon. In Illinois, the Moon's shadow will sweep across the state in totality in just 3 minutes 43 seconds at a speed of 1,452 miles per hour.

Diameter-wise, the sun is about 400 times the size of the moon, and the distance of the moon from the sun is about 400 times the distance of the moon from the earth.

One thing I've read a lot of is discouraging people from trying to take pictures of the eclipse, unless you're a highly experienced photographer, or have seen several eclipses before this one.

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Only a 70-mile section of the US falls under a path of totality, but there will be a partial eclipse in other parts of the country. From vantage points outside of the path of totality, viewers will see the moon obstructing a portion of the sun, and for those close to the path of totality, much of the sun will still be blotched out.

Dr. Podoll told News 2 what you should look for when buying eclipse glasses.

Meteorologists at The Weather Channel are starting to get a look at the overall weather pattern that may be in place in two weeks.

Getting the best view of the eclipse on August 21 depends on where you are on the eclipse trail.

We will only experience a partial solar eclipse here in the region, parts of the U.S will experience a total solar eclipse, which has not happened since 1979.

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