Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

View partial solar eclipse at Capitol Reef National Park

View partial solar eclipse at Capitol Reef National Park

The celestial event, the first total solar eclipse visible in the lower 48 states since 1979, will provide owners of gas turbines a chance to shine even as the fossil-fuel is expected to be displaced over time by solar and wind energy. has all the information needed for any eclipse travelers, as it offers USA highway routes to cities in the totality zone and estimated driving times. So, the last total eclipse seen on the east coast AND west coast was almost 100 years ago.

Unfortunately, people on the Central and South coast will only be able to see a partial one. The generators will also be affected to a lesser extent throughout the entire eclipse, expected to last up to three hours.

The eclipse is set to be the first significant one in the US since 1970 as it is expected to be visible across a 70-mile band that stretches from OR to SC.

Accordingly, electricity generators in affected areas will be called on to increase output from other electricity sources to supplement the dip in solar power availability. They not only prevent blackouts and brownouts but also instability in the power grid.

Natural gas is about to get a glimpse of its future role in the US power mix as solar energy's backup.

Time: Depending on where you watch, about 12 p.m. until about 3 p.m. EDT. You can find out how much of the sun will be covered and at what time on this interactive map.

The group writes that it has assembled a task-force to work with vendors and manufacturers to come up with a list of reputable sellers of solar eclipse viewers.

But hundreds of plants totaling about 4 GW capacity will be at least 90% obscured, EIA said.

Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, without the proper eye wear can cause "serious eye injury, perhaps even blindness", the website states.

Based on a Bloomberg calculation of grid forecasts, more than 9,000 megawatts of solar power may go down.

In March and again in April, U.S. monthly electricity generation from utility-scale renewable sources, including solar and wind, exceeded nuclear generation for the first time since July 1984, the EIA said earlier this year.

The Great American Eclipse will drape itself over Frostburg, Md., and families can join in on the rare event at the Frostburg State University Multimedia Center and Planetarium. The next US coast-to-coast eclipse is not until August 12, 2045.

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