A total solar eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, and appears to cover the latter.
In the United States, the next total solar eclipse will happen on August 21, 2017 – the first time since 1979.
On August 21, only people in the relatively thin line of totality will get to see the full eclipse. Don’t worry, if you’re not going to see the total effect this year, your next chance isn’t very far away.
After the August 2017 solar eclipse, the United States will see another solar eclipse on October 14, 2023.
Here’s a map of the August 21 eclipse’s path across the country: