From Tyson Fisher, Landline:
For the first time in nearly 100 years, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire contiguous United States on Monday, Aug. 21. The last time a total eclipse was visible in the U.S. was in 1979. This once-in-a-lifetime event is stirring up a lot of traffic, both figuratively and literally.
This year’s total solar eclipse (TSE) will pass through 14 states. Other states will get to see a partial eclipse, but those can be seen more often. Because of this somewhat rare phenomenon, people are expected to flock to areas where they can see the TSE.
Anywhere from two to five solar eclipses happen every year. What makes them so special depends where you live. Earth is a big place (to us anyway) so the odds of any of these annual solar eclipses grazing our specific location are rather small.