Above photo taken on the Murfreesboro, Tennessee Square
Monday Total Eclipse Facts (8/21/2017):
- Oregon to South Carolina is where the Total Eclipse hit today and most Americans were within a day's drive to the path of totality.
- A solar eclipse is a lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth.
- If you were in an area that was outside of the slice that saw the total eclipse, you at least saw a partial eclipse. In fact, everyone in the continental U.S. should have at least seen a partial eclipse.
- If you were slightly south of Carbondale, Illinois, in Giant City State Park, then you saw the total eclipse for a whopping 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds, the longest time frame in America.
- The sun is 400 times larger than that of the Moon.
- Solar retinopathy can be caused by staring at the sun (regardless of its phase), but few people can stand to look directly at our nearest star for very long without pain.|
- Isaac Newton tried looking at the sun in a mirror, essentially blinding himself for three days and experiencing afterimages for months.
- A total solar eclipse occurred on June 17, 1909. The path of totality crossed the Arctic ocean, Canada, Greenland, central Russia, and central Asia.
- The last partial eclipse visible in Tennessee took place on October 23, 2014.
- The average width for the path of totality in Tennessee is 71.5 miles across.
- Before 2017, the last total eclipse visible in Nashville and Murfreesboro was on July 29, 1478. However, there were annular eclipses at sunrise on Dec. 25, 1628, and Oct. 19, 1865.
- As for the time everyone spent outside watching the sun on Monday, American businesses lost nearly $700 million in productivity, according to an estimate by outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
Below photo taken on the Murfreesboro, Tennessee Square