In 6 months a rare sky show is likely to set social media on fire.
On Aug. 21 a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States, according to Exploratorium. “The glorious sight of the fully eclipsed sun will be visible along a 60-mile-wide path arching from Oregon to South Carolina,” says the site.
“This will be the most photographed, the most shared, the most tweeted event in human history,” one astronomer told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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The site NationalEclipse.com says the center line will enter North Carolina near the town of Robbinsville at 1:05 p.m., with totality beginning at 2:33 p.m. It says the the center line will cover only about 41 miles of territory in North Carolina, most of it rugged terrain.
“Your best bet in North Carolina might be the town of Andrews,” says the National Eclipse site. “Since the center line crosses almost directly over Andrews, totality will last for two minutes and 38 seconds, just two seconds less than the eclipse maximum.”
Astronomy Magazine says views from Columbia and Greenville, S.C., are either on the center line or near it. It says South Carolina is the last of the states that will see the center line of the eclipse, from 2:36 p.m. to 2:39 p.m.
Experts say it will start around 9 a.m. (Pacific Time) on the West Coast and be seen over about a dozen states before ending on the East Coast around 4 p.m. (Eastern Time).