By now, you’ve probably heard there’s a solar eclipse occurring on August 21. But you may be wondering if you can see it from Maui. We’ll attempt to answer some of your basic questions…
I’ll be on Maui on August 21. Will I be able to see the eclipse?
The short answer is yes, and no.
That was helpful. Can you be a little be a little more specific?
Sure. According to eclipse2017.org, you should be able to view a partial eclipse during sunrise, beginning at approximately 5:50 AM and ending at around 7:25 AM.
Since it’s just a partial eclipse, can I view it with my naked eyes?
NO!!! Definitely not. But, the folks at Space.com put together an excellent viewing guide that we highly recommend you check out.
Back to the basics. What is a total solar eclipse?
In simple terms, it’s when the sun is completely blocked by the moon, thus blotting out the light. Because of our location, in relation to the event, we will only be able to see a partial eclipse.
How long does the “darkness” last?
In this case, it should last up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
I think I just decided I want to see the full eclipse! Where should I go?
On the mainland, the eclipse path starts in Oregon, followed by Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and finally, South Carolina.
Oh, maybe I don’t want to travel to see it. Is there somewhere I can watch the full eclipse on the internet?
Of course. You can see everything on the internet! NASA will be showing the event live on their website.
One last bit of trivia… did you know the last full solar eclipse that could be seen in the United States occurred here in Hawaii in 1991?
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