You would nearly have to be living in outer space to have not heard the news of the upcoming solar eclipse that will be passing right over the southeast! On Monday, August 21st, the skies will go dark for just a few minutes in the early afternoon as the moon passes over the sun in the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire United States since 1918. The eclipse of August 21st will begin its journey over the U.S. in the north west corner of the country and pass by down through the south east and Mountain Crossings is directly in the line of the Total Solar Eclipse! Join us for the spectacular event!
We will begin at 12pm on Monday, August 21st, by grilling hot dogs for lunch. There will be fun for the kiddos and music playing for all to enjoy. The eclipse will take place fully at 2:35pm in the Blairsville area and will last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. We will all be crowding the over looks and the parking lot at Mountain Crossings to get a good look! We will provide eclipse glasses for a small donation so that everyone can safely view the sun as the moon passes by it and makes the sky go dark. There will also be commemorative stickers and mugs while supplies last!
See what the Eclipse will look at where you will be! Use this Eclipse Simulator to input your location and get a preview of the eclipse in your area. The image below shows what Blairsville will see.
Fun Eclipse Facts:
- During a total solar eclipse, the shadow of the moon on the Earth is relatively small. The Earth typically continues to receive 92% of the usual sunlight it sees.
- It is very dangerous to attempt to view an eclipse without proper eye protection. Even just a few seconds spent staring directly into the sun can damage the retina of the eye from the visible and invisible radiation of the sun. The retina does not feel pain and damage can take hours to take effect, meaning you have no way of knowing you are damaging the retina until it is too late.
- It is safe to view a solar eclipse with out eye protection during Totality. This is when the moon is completely covering the sun and only a ring of light is illuminating the diameter of the moon.
- Regular sunglasses are not appropriate for viewing a solar eclipse. Eclipse specific glasses a required to remain safe, as these glasses are specially made to filter out the harmful radiation of the sun.
- Total solar eclipses occur somewhere on the planet about once ever 18 months on average. On the other hand, they occur at one given place only every 360 to 410 years!
- A total solar eclipse can only last for up to a few minutes because the moon is moving at a rate of approximately 1700km/h past the sun.
- The eclipse on August 21st will only be visible in totality through a narrow 70 mile corridor.
- The eclipse will be visible in totality only in 14 states, but it will be partially visible from many more states.