The first total solar eclipse in over 2 years is happening right now. At the time of this writing- 9:56am (EST)- the shadow of the moon is just entering China. Unfortunately, it is not visible at all in the US.
The next total eclipse visible in the US will occur on 21 August 2017. The site of longest totality will be just northwest of Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 6:25pm and it will last for approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds. People are already making plans for celebrations on that day.
Find out more...
...about today's eclipse:
- NASA's Total Solar Eclipse, China 2008
- BBC's story on the eclipse (with video!)
- US Naval Observatory's Solar Eclipse Calculator
- Photo gallery from Yahoo! News
- Photo gallery of eclipse as seen from the UK (by BBC)
- August 1st's Eastern Solar Eclipse from Sky & Telescope
- Viewers' Guide: Aug. 1 Solar Eclipse from Space.com