You’ve likely heard a whole host of information regarding the upcoming solar eclipse. But what do you really know about the big event? Where do you stand the best shot at seeing it in totality? What does totality even mean? If you’re a bit confused, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Thankfully, NASA has an entire landing page dedicated to all things related to the 2017 solar eclipse. And because we know you’re short on time, we’re breaking down everything you need to know before it actually happens.
So, in preparation for one of the most talked about events in the world of science, we’re answering the most common questions about this year’s most spectacular show in the sky. (And we sincerely hope you enjoy Monday’s magical moment, wherever you are.)
1. What exactly is a total solar eclipse?
First things first, let’s get the basics out of the way. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun. According to NASA, “This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location.” And trust us, it’s going to be sensational.