SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The month of August will usher a phenomenon which has not been seen by anyone in the US in nearly four decades.

For the first time since 1978, parts of the United States will turn dark due to a total solar eclipse in the middle of the afternoon. On Aug. 21, 2017 the moon and sun are expected to intersect, creating this rare event.

The eclipse is expected to be nearly 100 miles wide and span from Oregon, all the way through northeast Georgia, and the heart of South Carolina.

For those in the state of Alabama, Nashville may be your best option to experience complete darkness as the eclipse rolls though the southeast. It is set to hit Nashville and the surrounding areas in Tennessee at 1:26 p.m. CDT.

If you want to see the eclipse DO NOT blink. According to Michael Zeiler from GreatAmericanEclipse.com, the full eclipse will last just under three minutes. The moon’s shadow speed is expected to be 1,447 mph.

Michael Zeiler, GreatAmericanEclipse.com

According to the maps featured in this story, Sylacauga and the surrounding areas will have a .9 magnitude rating for the eclipse, meaning people in the area will experience 90% of a total eclipse.

For more information on this once in a generation spectacle, visit www.greatamericaneclipse.com.

Jeremy Law for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2017, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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