This afternoon, for the first time since 1918, the entire U.S. will witness a total solar eclipse – i.e., the moon rotating to entirely cover the sun for a portion of it’s orbit.
It’s pretty rare to be excited about one thing moving in front of another thing (cue flashbacks of yelling “Down in front!” at the movies) – but when those things are extra celestial masses, all the talk holds up.
83% of you said you were at least a liiittle excited about this rare galactic phenomenon. And you should be! Earth is one of the only planets that can experience this (because, you know, most other planets are uninhabitable, or don’t have moons, etc., etc.), and for most of the history of the planet, total eclipses have only occurred over land that humans didn’t inhabit.
This year, the eclipse will travel from coast to coast, Oregon to South Carolina. Like us, most of you won’t get the full effect – 79% are outside of the seven states that will see the total solar eclipse.
Most people aren’t planning to travel to see it.
But for those of you that are, you won’t go too far: nearly 80% will be traveling less than 50 miles.
Other ways to see the eclipse? 37% said you were grabbing special eyewear to see what you can from home while 28% are planning to attend a video broadcast of the cool phenomena.
You can also see some of the cool effects of an eclipse, depending on how dark your area gets (…which you can find out here). You guys told us you were excited for dark skies during the day (44%), sun rays and bright colors shining from behind the moon (23%), and stars out during the day (12%).
Wherever you’re watching, be careful (never stare directly at the sun!) and enjoy this awesome natural phenomenon. The next one won’t be until 2045!