Why a total solar eclipse is such a big deal
How solar and lunar eclipses work.
Note: This is an update of a video we published in 2015.
Eclipse catalog: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEcat5/catalog.html
Dmitry Chulkov: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrXJfVFbnfU
Bernt Rostad: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brostad/2773255031
Marc Aragnou: https://vimeo.com/108544802
Jesse Olson: https://vimeo.com/57820123
Xavier Jubier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E53RbhQjajA
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On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse is coming to the continental United States for the first time in 38 years, which may make it the most viewed total solar eclipse in history. These events generate so much excitement because the orbital mechanics of the earth-moon-sun system keep the moon’s shadow small and mobile. It will touch any given spot on the planet only once in over 300 years on average. For that reason, most people must make a concerted effort if they are to witness this event in their lifetimes. In this video we explain the differences between a solar and lunar eclipse and why some believe that a total eclipse of the sun is the greatest natural phenomenon of them all.
If you’re anywhere in the continental United States that day, you can preview exactly what the solar eclipse will look like for your particular zip code, and when it will peak. Check it out: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map?utm_campaign=vox.social&utm_medium=social&utm_content=voxdotcom&utm_source=youtube
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