If you already didn’t know or have been hiding under a rock for the past month, today marks the first coast to coast solar eclipse since June 8, 1918 in the U.S. Here in Ohio, we will experience almost total darkness between 2:30 to 2:33 p.m. today. If you are in Cincinnati or Dayton you will see 91 percent totality and if you are in Columbus or Chillicothe, you will see about 86-87 percent totality.
The shadow of the moon will first make landfall in Oregon at 1:15 p.m., Eastern Time. By 2:49 p.m. the shadow will have reached Charleston, S.C. The whole thing will be over in less than 90 minutes.
The total solar eclipse of June 8, 1918 crossed the United States from Washington State to Florida. This path is roughly similar to today’s projected path.
The path of totality is the most accurate in history as it utilizes data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter,
If you can’t get outside to see it or you just didn’t have time to buy eclipse glasses or make a box viewer, you can watch it happen on this livestream from TIME Magazine.
In 1918, The US Naval Observatory dispatched an expedition to Baker City, Oregon and successfully observed the eclipse. An artist, Howard Russell Baker, sketched the corona and made a fine painting of the eclipse. Baker City is also within the path of the 2017 eclipse.