The difference between a 99% eclipse and a 100% eclipse

Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017

By Photos, Science, Space

Here’s a quick post after my 900 mile trip from LA to Albany, Oregon to witness the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.  I debated going only part of the way since the totality band was so far.  I’m so glad I ended up driving through the night to get to the totality band in time. If you think it’s not worth it to see a TOTAL eclipse within the narrow band of 100% totality, here’s a comparison between 99% and 100% to help you decide. The difference is truly night and day.  Even with 99% totality, you could easily miss the event if you didn’t know it was happening and you wouldn’t be able to see anything without wearing special eclipse glasses.  With 100% totality, you can see it even with the naked eye and the shadow on the earth is much, much darker. It’s also a far, far, far more dramatic experience (here’s a great  simulation)!!

Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017

Comparison of 99% eclipse and 100% eclipse – Albany, Oregon – August 21, 2017

Last modified: August 22, 2017

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