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The total solar eclipse of 2017 is approaching very fast, and many sky gazers will be looking to find the perfect place to see the moon obscured totally by the sun on August 21 for just a few moments.

Total Eclipse Will Be Seen Between Oregon And South Carolina

The total blackout is going to happen in a very narrow region between Oregon and South Carolina. Those lucky enough to live in these regions or close-by will get a superb view of the event. However, the majority of the country will be located in a region where only a partial eclipse is going to be seen. This is going to happen when the moon is going to block out the sun in what will be anything from just a portion to a thin slice of it.

In case you are wondering just how much of the sun will be covered by the moon in the region where you live, a simulation has been put up onto the internet that will show what the eclipse looks like from anywhere in the United States. For instance, in the town of Goreville in Illinois, 1,067 people will get to see the eclipse the longest, and this will occur over a period of two and a half minutes.

The animation has been checked for facts against the times of NASA, and it is said to be accurate down to a minute of the calculations of the space agency when the peak eclipse is going to happen in any particular location. Barry Carter, an amateur astronomer, and retired mathematician has been giving guidance on the generation of data along with checking out the accuracy of the simulation.

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He said that a few very small artistic liberties had been taken, but the simulation does show the moon is approaching from the distance. He went on to say that in reality, people would not be able to see the moon with the same clarity until a black orb is seen obscuring the sun, the moon has also been faintly illuminated to show off the craters, he said.

Carter said that on the animation the degree to which the partial eclipse will darken the sky has been moderately exaggerated. He went on to say that the sun is so bright that even when it is obscured mostly, it would still allow enough light down to the Earth to create what will be almost close to daylight. The slider that is above the sun in this simulation starts when the moon is almost close to its approach and it ends a long time after the eclipse is going to be completed. The slider may be dragged to stop the animation at any time and all times are said to be shown in local time for that location. He said that it might not be exactly the same when seeing it in person. However, people could view as many locations as they wanted, while on August 21 they could only be in one region.

Simulation Made Using NASA Industrial Grade Software

The simulation is said to be a realistic 3D model of our solar system. Industrial grade software with the name of SPICE was used that belongs to NASA. This he said generates the exact location of the moon and sun in relation to Earth for each minute on August 21. The calculations take into account that light from the sun is going to take around eight minutes to reach down to Earth and it is said that this would give people a skewed picture of just where it actually is. The aberration could offset NASA’s peak times by around one minute in some regions, it was said.

Carter went on to say that the coordinates had been inputted into a 3D engine and the sun and moon positions had been scaled from close to 100 million miles down to a number of pixels that was manageable. The coordinates of the location had been taken from the Census Bureau and the names of locations had been matched to the ZIP codes by way of the Missouri Census Data Center.

The suns position is held constant in the middle of the animation, and this has been done for viewing convenience as opposed to moving over the sky for many hours. It was said that this could change the angle of the moons approach slightly, but it would not be the degree of obscuration.

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