On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur with the Earth crossing the shadow of the moon creating a total solar eclipse. The total solar eclipse will be fascinating as this has not occurred in almost 40 years. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours (weather permitting). Halfway through the event, anyone within a roughly 70-mile wide path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The day will turn to night making visible the otherwise hidden solar cornea – the sun’s outer atmosphere along with bright stars and planets. Your child will bring home permission slip Friday, August 18, 2017.