Coming August 21, 2017. A coast to coast event that doesn’t happen that often…it’s this year’s total solar eclipse! This is the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years, and it starts in Salem, Oregon around 10:15am (PDT) and exits on the east coast near Charleston, South Carolina around 2:40pm (EDT). A total solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and earth are in complete alignment, and in this case, though our sun is about 400 times larger than the moon, it turns out that the sun will be roughly 400 time farther away making it such that both will appear about the same size, allowing for a total blockage. It will only last about 2 minutes, so don’t blink! Check the NASA link above to find out the exact path of the eclipse to find the best viewing location for you, and experience the sight of a lifetime!