On August 21st North America will witness a solar eclipse. A total eclipse will be visible across the United States from West to East in a straight line starting from Oregon, going through Kentucky all the way to South Carolina. Barring any potential cloud cover, anyone in this path will be able to see the awe inspiring view of a total eclipse of the sun. A partial eclipse of the sun will be visible to all those who are outside of this path.
Generally speaking, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun and its shadow is cast down on earth. A total eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun while a partial eclipse occurs when it partially covers it. To view a solar eclipse a person needs to be directly located in line with the moon and the sun. To safely view