On August 21st, the United States is expected to experience the great American Eclipse, for the first time since 1918. As the hullabaloo surrounding the event is at an all-time high, astronomers are doing all that they can to ensure that the event will be unforgettable in the hearts and minds of many.
Through preparedness seminars and notices provided by the public, the Eclipse is one that will go down in history. It will encompass towns stretching from the west coast of Oregon to the east coast of South Carolina. Astronomically, it is one of the biggest events of the decade.
What Is An Eclipse?
An Eclipse is defined as a spontaneous alignment of the earth, the sun, and the moon. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon casts a shadow onto the earth. However, a total solar eclipse is only visible from a specific area on earth.
The Path of Totality
Residents in the hundreds of towns that are found in the path of totality will get to enjoy the solar Eclipse in a special way. The sun will be completely blocked out by the moon for a total of two minutes.
Thereafter, a partial Eclipse will be visible for 1.5 hours. When the moon aligns with the sun, it will create a black hole ringed by light. According to research, about 7.4 million people across the country are expected to travel and witness the one of a kind occurrence.
The impact of the Eclipse across various towns and cities cannot be overstated. Traffic is expected to come to a standstill, boosting local coffee brews by millions of dollars. This may certainly be the greatest human mass migration to ever occur in the United States.
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The Impact on Towns
Apart from crippling traffic and booming businesses, the Eclipse will transform small towns into bustling tourist destinations. Heralded as a premier viewing location, the town of Madras, located in Central Oregon is set to have the highest number of people. Although it is populated by a mere 6.660 people, during the Eclipse festival period, (August 17th to August 21st), Madras is expected to have over 100,000 people.
Other popular viewing towns include Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Kentucky, St. Joseph, Missouri and Clarksville, Tennessee.
Post-Eclipse travel will also comprise of hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the road.
As such, it is advisable for people to arrive at their required destinations early enough. States like Nebraska and Clarksville are activating emergency operations centers that are often used in the events of large-scale disasters.
On the other hand, Red Cross organization is preparing hundreds of emergency shelters in all the twelve states that will experience the total eclipse. This will ensure all emergencies are well-handled.
The Expected Weather Conditions
According to NASA, the fact that the solar Eclipse crosses the U.S and no other country is what makes the event it so special. NASA officials also stated that the eclipse is fully dependent on the weather. On a day that the sun is not clearly visible, it may be impossible to see the eclipse.
Weather forecasts will intently focus on the days ahead of the eclipse. This will give a good prediction of what the weather will be on the actual day of the Eclipse.
The Economics of a Solar Eclipse
The United States’ economy will largely benefit from the solar Eclipse. With plenty of tourists visiting different areas of the country, a boost in the economy is highly expected. Nearly every town is hosting hundreds of eclipse events.
Whether it is small-town street dances or four-day music festivals, the Eclipse is certainly set out to bring great economic change.
Towns like Nashville expect a total of $15 million to $20 million while the small Carolina Museum believes it will generate $235,000 from all eclipse related activities. However, the biggest revenue is expected to go to hotels in Wyoming and Casper. This is because all their 2,700 hotel rooms and 900 campsites are fully booked way ahead of the event. Rental sites and Airbnb will also not be left behind.
The eclipse will offer a memorable experience. It is a remarkable event that will shape the earth. Passing from west to east, this eclipse will once again put the United States at the top of the charts, It is as exciting and unique as it gets.