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BLOG: Chasing Solar Eclipses!

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Many of you probably heard about the Solar Eclipse that occurred on Friday a week ago. Unfortunately very few people could see the total eclipse since that portion of it, called the umbra, remained largely in the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean providing a good view only for the fish and whales.

Total Solar Eclipses are relatively rare, and if you're lucky enough to have one pass over your region, they don't last long. As an example, this last eclipse produced a shadow 93 miles long, but it was clipping along at approximately 2000 mph. Can you do the math? If you were experiencing that, how long would the total solar eclipse last for you? If you'd rather not, I'll give you the answer in a moment.

But some folks wouldn't be denied. They wanted it to last longer. So they paid thousands of dollars to charter a jet to fly over 500 mph to stay in the shadow longer. Below is a link to their adventure. And by the way, we have a fantastic total solar eclipse heading our way on August 21st, 2017. For less than a tank of gas you can experience it by simply heading into South Carolina. The total eclipse will pass over from Clemson to Columbia to Charleston and Georgetown on the coast.

See this article, and the answer to the above math question is 168 seconds, or about two minutes and 48 seconds.

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