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Total Solar Eclipse: Experience and Learning Resources

The total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years. This extraordinary cosmic spectacle will pass through 13 states, and everyone in the continental U.S. will have the opportunity to see at least a partial eclipse, making it the most widely viewed American eclipse of all time. Commencing at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1:15 p.m. EDT), a lunar shadow 73 miles wide will take one hour and 33 minutes to travel from Oregon on the west coast to South Carolina on the east, allowing continuous observation for 90 minutes. To help you prepare, we’ve included links to resources - what you need to know and how to safely view the eclipse. In addition, that evening at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS and WHTJ PBS, NOVA will broadcast “Eclipse Over America”, featuring same-day footage shot by PBS stations across the country.

Watch NOVA: Eclipse Over America August 21 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS.
Check listings for additional air-times.

NOVA’s most extensive fast-turnaround film to date, “Eclipse Over America” will be the ultimate companion to this spectacular celestial event. NOVA will follow teams working on the forefront of solar science and solar storm detection, incorporating immersive CGI animation to reveal the sun’s secret mechanisms, stunning sequences of the eclipse itself, NASA footage, and more. NOVA will also collaborate with several local public television stations along the path of totality, who will provide footage shot in their own back yards, illustrating the excitement the eclipse generates across the nation.

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