The eclipse-the first to cross the United States in approximately 100 years, scientists say-is expected to take place august 21 from approximately 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.in various stages. Beginning on the coastal shores of OR, crossing the following 14 states and ending in the Atlantic Ocean off the shore of SC at an estimate of 70 miles wide.
For more information about the eclipse including tips for viewing it, check out this handy guide created by the University of Arkansas, or visit NASA's official Eclipse site. The path of the eclipse started in the Northwest, beginning in Washington and traveling east to North Dakota before moving into Canada.
Experiencing a total solar eclipse where you live happens on average about once in 375 years.
"The path of totality, the path where this moon blocks the sun's light, the main body of the sun, comes in through OR, comes across the United States and exits out of SC", said Nicholeen Viall, a NASA astrophysicist.
During the brief moments when the moon completely blocks the Sun's face and day will turn to night.
Spokane won't see the total eclipse, but will get about 90% coverage of the sun. NASA also warns it has no advice for how to safely take photos of the partial solar eclipse. The sun is so bright this means the eclipse won't be noticeable unless you are watching for it.
Paul Dusenbery, Director of Space Science Institute calls the solar eclipse a great opportunity to understand a space phenomenon.
The event is expected to bring millions of sky-watchers to the path of totality.
"You've got to see it while it's happening", Dague said.
Since California isn't seeing totality in this eclipse, it won't see the corona, the outermost layer of the solar atmosphere.
If getting a pair of glasses or solar filters isn't possible, there are a couple of indirect ways to view the partial solar eclipse that will be visible in North Florida and South Georgia.