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Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Research Guide

On Monday, August 21, 2017, people in Nebraska may see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. Use this guide to learn more about this phenomenon and how to view it safely. #eclipse2017

What is the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse?

The Total Solar Eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017. The path of totality will start in Salem, Oregon and end in Charleston, South Carolina. Many parts of Nebraska will see 100% totality.  A total solar eclipse happens when the sun, moon and earth line up so perfectly that the moon blocks the sun, creating rare and spectacular effects across the sky and throughout the natural environment, including darkness in the middle of the day and the elusive “corona” effect around the sun, visible only during a 100% total solar eclipse.

During a total solar eclipse, strange phenomena occur:

  • Darkness in the middle of the day

  • Corona, “diamond ring” and other light effects around the sun

  • 360-degree sunset around the entire horizon; this deepens before darkness

  • Nocturnal animals emerge and begin “nighttime” routines

  • Birds come in to roost and stop chirping

  • Temperature drops 5-15 degrees

  • Stars and bright planets such as Mars, Venus, Mercury & Jupiter become visible

  • After the eclipse, as light breaks, birds chirp as if it is daybreak

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