Get Ready For The Great American Solar Eclipse!
On August 21st Americans across the country will have a chance to experience something incredibly exciting that hasn’t happened in many years: a total solar eclipse.
The event will be made possible by a rare alignment where the moon will completely cover the sun, blocking out its light and casting a shadow of darkness upon North America. Observers within the path of totality will be able to see the sun’s corona, its plasma-like glow.
FIVE FACTS About The Solar Eclipse
#1 This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years.
#2 EVERYONE in North America will be able to experience this eclipse. This is because the path of the moon’s umbral shadow, in which the sun will be completely obscured by the moon, will falls directly on the United States. Depending on your location, you may experience total darkness (totality) or partial darkness from a partial solar eclipse.
#3 Totality begins in in Lincoln City, Oregon at 10:16 a.m. PDT and moves across the country, ending in Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT.
#4 The total eclipse, when the sun is completely blocked by the moon, will last up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds, depending on your location.
#5 After the 2017 solar eclipse, the next total solar eclipse visible over the continental United States will be on April 8, 2024. While many Texans will miss seeing the total eclipse in 2017, residents of Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio will be in the path of totality in 2024.
Solar power growth in Texas
In 2016 the state of Texas ranked sixth in terms of the amount of solar power installed by each state in America with a record 672 megawatts (MW) of installed solar generation capacity in the year – Enough to power 5,800 homes. Solar analysts expect this number to double by 2020.
Texas has a virtually unlimited solar power supply, ranking first in the nation in solar resource potential, with high levels of direct solar radiation. There is enough solar potential in Texas to fulfill the entire world’s power needs twice!
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How Will The Solar Eclipse Impact Power Generation?
According to Martin J. Coyne, Communications Coordinator for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, “Blackouts are not expected. The grid has built-in redundancies that include a variety of other fuels such as coal, hydro, natural gas, nuclear, and wind. Grid operators carry spinning reserves [or extra generating capacity that’s available by increasing power output of generators that are already connected to the system] to account for load fluctuations and contingencies on a day-to-day basis.”
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