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See why every eclipse is rare

 

By now, we hope you agree that there can be no reason why you would choose to NOT watch the total solar eclipse. But just in case you still aren't convinced, here are all the reasons come Monday, August 21st, 2017, you need to be outside with eclipse glasses, some sunscreen, a bottle of water, and your family, friends, or coworkers celebrating the eclipse!

Photo credit: NASA.gov

Photo credit: NASA.gov

  • The Earth, the Sun, and the Moon must be in perfect (or nearly perfect) alignment for a total solar eclipse to occur at all!
  • Eclipses are unique to Earth and no other planet in our solar system will ever experience one. In fact, we like to joke that if aliens existed, they would most definitely vacation here to 'see the eclipse'!
  • 500,000 years ago, eclipses didn't exist. And due to the movement of the Moon, they won't exist again in another 500,000 years.  The time to see a total solar eclipse is every single time!
  • Eclipses occur about once every eighteen months, but most of the time, these eclipses are in inaccessible areas that would require lots of time, travel, and financing to see. Eclipse 2017 is going to be in your backyard!
  • This eclipse is the first eclipse since 1918 to travel across the entire continental US and...
  • The first total solar eclipse in the US since 1991!